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(updated March 27, 2020)
The Village of Mundelein’s Community Development Department is committed to helping Mundelein grow and thrive. Whether you are interested in discussing a long-term plan for one of our corridors, sharing a new business concept, or seeking approvals for development on a property, we are here to serve you.Mundelein’s Community Development team incorporates traditional urban planning principals of land uses and site planning with the consideration of geography, economics, and social parameters. The department has four team members with backgrounds in planning, geography, public administration, customer service, and related fields. The development review team is AICP certified.
Information available through the Community Development Department:
- Concept Plans
- Annexation Agreements
- Development Agreements
- Special Use Permits
- PUD’s (Planned Unit Developments)
- Zoning and Appearance Standards
- Business Incentive Grant Program
- Economic Incentives (TIF and Sales Tax Sharing)
- Public Art
- Public Transportation
- Alternative Transportation
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We work closely with property owners and developers during the development process. Here is a simplified overview of the major steps:
- Concept Plan
- Applicant schedules a meeting with the Community Development.
- Applicant presents concept plan to Board of Trustees.
- Board provides feedback and direction for proceeding.
- Entitlement (if necessary)
- Applicant submits applications, related documents, and fees.
- Village works with applicant to develop a Development/Redevelopment Agreement if necessary.
- Village schedules a Public Hearing at the Planning and Zoning Commission or Community and Economic Development Committee, if necessary.
- Board of Trustees consider request.
- Final Development Plan
- Applicant submits permit applications, building plans, and engineering for review.
- Village reviews and issues permits.
Moving Mundelein Forward
Municipalities always seek to expand and diversify their tax bases. A new business opening, or an existing business expanding, are beneficial to the local economy. These events bring additional tax revenue and provide citizens with new employment opportunities.
Community Development staff works to recruit new businesses, retain existing ones, and assist businesses when they can expand operations locally. By doing so, these efforts help to strengthen the local economy and diversify the tax base and revenues. On an ongoing basis, they advise the Mayor, Village Board, Village Administrator, and Finance Director on emerging and existing economic development issues.
To ensure all businesses are treated equitably, the Village follows policy governing how tax and other incentives will be awarded to businesses. These policies dictate what sort of economic impact must be reasonably expected in order for businesses to qualify for particular incentives. Economic development policies are ultimately approved by the Village Board. Deviations from policy are also brought to the Village Board for consideration.
Community Development monitors an inventory of available properties for businesses or developments to occupy including retail space, industrial space, and open land. We strive to match businesses to available space so that business owners can picture their businesses opening, moving to, or expanding in those locations. New housing can also contribute to growth in the non-residential sectors. In addition to bringing in new businesses, economic development initiatives also aim to strengthen the businesses already located in the Village.
The Impact of Economic Development
By definition, economic development efforts are focused on projects that provide significant economic impact. There are many factors that contribute to a business’ or developer’s decision to move forward in a location. These can range from making the transaction work for the property owner, potential tenant, or developer; securing financing for a project; demographics of an area; traffic counts; reputation; co-location of uses; size of properties and buildings; geography and topography of the land (are there wetlands, lots of site work); available utilities; federal and state regulations; etc.
Economic Development Documents & Tools
- Business Incentive Grant Program (BIG Program)
- Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF)
- Economic Incentive Packages (Sales Tax Incentives, Property Tax Incentives)
In order to realize the vision outlined in a community’s planning documents, it is important to put in place regulations that allow for the type of desired development (and also prohibits undesirable development) within the parameters of the law. Within the Village of Mundelein, land use is dictated by a series of codes. The overall code is the Mundelein Municipal Code. Community Development deals primarily with the Zoning Ordinance, the Sign Ordinance, and general policies adopted by the Village Board; however, Staff must be aware of other Codes and Ordinances such as the Subdivision Ordinance, Landscape Code, and Building Regulations when assessing and reviewing development proposals.
Land Use Regulation Documents & Tools
- Zoning Ordinance, Title 20 of the Municipal Code
- Sign Ordinance, Title 21 of the Municipal Code
- Ordinances under purview of other departments (Subdivision Ordinance, Building Regulations, Landscape Code, etc.)
- Development Agreements
- Annexation Agreements
- Land Use Law
- Policy Development
We work to create the community vision by identifying current problems, analyzing trends, and engaging community members and development partners in dialogue about goals and issues that establish a framework for growth and change that is typically put into a planning document.
These planning documents offer suggestions for how to improve the community over a certain estimated period of time (average 7-10 years). The plan can make recommendations such as redesigning streets to include bicycle lanes or off-street multi-use paths; building more affordable housing; building denser housing; provided areas for open space; accommodating new or expanded municipal facilities; consideration for enhancing areas of commerce; etc. Planning helps make the most out of municipal budgets by guiding infrastructure and services, investments, balancing demands for growth with the need to protect certain areas, and identifying areas that require changes to policy.
Planning Documents and Tools
- Transit-Oriented Development Plan (TOD)
- Comprehensive Plan
- Downtown Master Redevelopment Implementation Plan
- Downtown North Implementation Plan (DNIP)
- Amanda Orenchuk, AICP, Director of Community Development
- Taylor Wegrzyn, AICP, Planner
- Colleen Malec, AICP, Planner
- Ann Watson, Administrative Assistant
We can assist existing and prospective community members, visitors, and development partners with:
- Confidential Project Coordination During the Early Evaluation Phase
- Due Diligence Coordination and Certification
- Available Space Inventory
- Specialized Site Selection Assistance
- Demographic and Transportation Needs Assessment
- Data Collection
- Zoning Verification and Assistance
- Permit and Signage