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Posted on: August 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Plan Commission to Consider Proposals related to Form-Based Code Update of Commercial and Mixed-Use

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The Village's recently adopted Comprehensive Plan 2040 defines four strategic directions. The first of which is to “Ensure Redevelopment on Capitol and Oakland Meets Community Goals.” The first subpoint of this direction is to “Engage in a form-based corridor planning study of the Capitol and Oakland corridors and adopt specific, form-based zoning standards for these corridors that address physical design and performance, in addition to land use. Through this process, develop specific requirements and urban design features for buildings on Capitol and Oakland, based on surrounding context.”

Unlike conventional zoning, which emphasizes regulation of land uses (and separating land uses), form-based zoning regulations emphasize the physical character of development (development “form”). Form-based standards address land uses but focus on how development relates to the context of surrounding development. In particular, a zoning code with form-based standards considers the relationships between buildings and the street, pedestrians and vehicles, and public spaces and private spaces. This Plan does not recommend giving up land use control but rather recommends a hybrid approach that regulates land use with the addition of specific, form-based standards.

Form-based standards are developed following a public design process, which creates consensus and a clear vision as it relates to which aspects of the community should remain, change, and be a model for future development, and big picture wishes. The updated code is the implementation of that vision. Adopting form-based standards would enable the Village to take a proactive approach toward potential redevelopment on Oakland and Capitol by establishing upfront what the community wants rather than reacting to what it dislikes. For further reading on form-based codes, refer to Form-Based Codes: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities, which is a handbook developed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning for use by communities in the Chicago metro area.

Based on the level of expertise and time required, a consultant will need to be hired to perform the requested study. The project is expected to take approximately 6 months. The Plan Commission is requested to review the draft RFP and provide comment and ultimate recommendation to the Village Board for publication. The Design Review Board will also be provided a copy for their reference at an upcoming meeting. The current timeline anticipates Village Board consideration of the RFP prior to September 20. Feel free to review the Plan Commission agenda packet for more information and review the request for proposals (RFP).

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