Community Development Department
Community Development Director: Jim Plonczynski
Assistant Community Development Director: Roberta Grill
The Community Development Department is responsible for planning, zoning, economic development, issuance of various permits, and property maintenance code enforcement issues. The eight full-time staff members handle numerous issues regarding residential, commercial, and industrial development projects, site plan reviews, comprehensive planning, bike path planning, and marketing to potential commercial and industrial developers. The department works with the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce on local business matters; educates residents in property maintenance matters; enforces subdivision, zoning, property maintenance, and sign ordinances; issues permits for signs, amplifiers and home based businesses (home occupations) . Staff works with developers within the Village’s Town Center Tax Increment Financing District, the Brewster Creek Business Park Tax Increment Financing District, the newly established Route 59 and Lake Street Tax Increment Financing District, the Bluff City Industrial Park with the Vulcan Materials underground mining operation, and the Blue Heron Business Park. The department also provides staff support to the Village Board, Economic Development Commission, Plan Commission, and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Upcoming Public Hearings - Information & Exhibits
@ Zoning Board of Appeals - 12/4/2014 meeting
Case #14-28 Carrier 310 W. North Ave. - public hearing for variations for accessory structure (see attached plans)
@ Plan Commission - 12/11/2014 meeting
Case #14-24 Bartlett 59 - special use permit for temporary topsoil removal (see attached plans)
Community Development News & Highlights
Zoned for Business
Bobby and Nisha Patel have opened Marco’s Pizza at 223 S. Main Street in Bartlett Town Center. Part of a rapidly growing chain, Marco’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating and a menu of salads, wings and submarine sandwiches in addition to pizza. Carry-out and delivery also available. Marco’s opens daily at 11 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. weeknights and midnight on weekends. Call 630-372-0400 or visit www.marcos.com.
You now can find ABC Music Academy & Recording Studio in the Westgate Commons shopping plaza, at 802 West Bartlett Road. ABC offers lessons on a variety of instruments, along with ballroom dancing, voice and theatre lessons. Hours vary based on class and lesson schedules. Call 630-855-5096, visit ABC Music on its Facebook page or visit the website at www.abcmusicacademy.net for details.
Another newly opened business in the Westgate Commons shopping plaza is Frontier Fitness at 800 West Bartlett Road. Offering free weights, cardio fitness and personal training, Frontier is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days per week. For more details, call 224-659-8139 or visit www.frontier-fitness.com.
Meineke has opened at 1127 W. Stearns Road, next to the Home Depot. Husband and wife Jagdish and Hema Patel team up to provide automotive services, including brakes, batteries, tires, oil changes, exhaust systems, steering, suspensions and more. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the business at 630-855-4949 or www.meineke.com/store/bartlett-2482.
Bears & Bees Consignment Boutique has opened at 143 S. Oak Street in downtown Bartlett. Veteran comedian “Jammin’” Kay Cammon’s new business offers antiques, collectibles, purses and plus-size women’s clothing. She accepts items on consignment as well. Bears & Bees hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or call 630-975-2665.
Cheese Merchants of America has expanded and relocated its headquarters to 1301 Schiferl Road in Bartlett’s Brewster Creek Business Park. One of the largest cheese distributors in the state (just behind Kraft), Cheese Merchants processes and distributes its products to both grocery stores and restaurants. The 277,000 square foot facility (more than twice the size of the Home Depot) will help expand manufacturing efficiencies, speed up order turnaround and enable the aging of cheese in-house. Read more about the company’s expansion at www.cheesemerchants.com, under “new facility.”
Cheese Merchants joins Greco & Sons Foods, Rana Meal Solutions and Get Fresh Produce in Brewster Creek Business Park, making Bartlett home to four of the largest food companies in the Chicago area.
New Sign Ordinance
The Village Board recently approved a new Sign Ordinance that is expected to help Bartlett businesses improve visibility and promotion. Some of the changes include allowing larger square footage for signage, allowing A-frame signs and more window signage, as well as administrative review of shopping center sign plans. Contact the Community Development Department at 630-540-5940 for a copy of Ordinance 2014-55 to read all the details.
Have you seen or “liked” the Discover Bartlett page on Facebook yet? Launched more than a year ago, the page is a quick, easy and free way for the Village to share timely information about the 340-plus businesses in Bartlett and it gives you a heads-up on coupons, promotions and even special events that are on the calendar.
Amended Commercial Vehicle Regulations
The Village of Bartlett Board of Trustees has amended the Zoning Ordinance with respect to the regulation of commercial vehicles, including those that contain equipment racks to carry commercial equipment and those that have signage and lettering on any side, front or rear of the vehicle. The amended Ordinance allows such vehicles to be parked or stored in a residential neighborhood if located within a fully enclosed garage or outside if they meet all of the following requirements:
- The commercial vehicle must display an “A”, “B” or “D” license plate; a commercial vehicle with a “D” license plate shall not exceed a height of eight (8) feet six (6) inches tall measured from the existing grade to the top of the vehicle roof
- The commercial vehicle must be parked on a paved surface at least ten (10) feet from the side or rear property line of the zoning lot
- The equipment and materials stored in the bed of a pick-up or flatbed truck must be covered by a commercially manufactured bed cap, cover (e.g., Tonneau cover) or tarp; and
- The commercial vehicle must be owned or legally controlled by one of the owners or occupants of the residence.
This Ordinance shall expire on September 7, 2013 and will likely be reviewed for its continued effectiveness and desirability prior to this expiration date. In addition, nothing prohibits the Village Board from re-establishing all or portions of the more stringent provisions of the Bartlett Zoning Ordinance that regulated the parking of commercial vehicles in residential zoning districts prior to the adoption of this amended Ordinance. The Board can also vote to renew this amended Ordinance in whole or in part or further amend it at any time in the future.
Village Team Tracks Bartlett Foreclosures
Bartlett was not immune to the foreclosure crisis that struck the country during the recent economic recession. Though smaller percentage-wise than many areas, the number of residential properties that have been foreclosed on continues to be an issue Village-wide.
To address this concern, staff from the Village finance, community development, public works and police departments and members from the Bartlett Fire Protection District were assembled and charged with developing a system to handle these properties.
The goal of this team is to minimize the community effects identified with foreclosures which include but are not limited to the following:
~ garbage and debris remaining after the residents move out
~ utilities left on becoming dangerous and causing property damage, basement flooding or fire hazard
~ deterioration of the structure/property
~ continued maintenance of the property (i.e. tall grass in summer)
~ squatters living in abandoned homes
~ taxes and bills not paid
~ negative impact on the surrounding properties in the neighborhood
The Foreclosure Team has successfully completed a database for foreclosed properties that includes the address, parcel number, bank/lender contact information, status of utilities (i.e. water and gas shut off), property inspection report on the condition of the site and other information necessary to avert possible future problems.
The 3/50 Project
The Village of Bartlett supports the 3/50 project. Bartlett residents are encouraged to shop and dine locally when possible in order to build a stronger, sounder local economy. For more information about the 3/50 project visit www.the350project.net.
You Should Know
The Community Development Department includes two full-time code enforcement officers, who are responsible for enforcing property maintenance and other health and safety ordinances in the Village.