Site Development

Site Development

The Village requires the submittal of site development plans for many types of developments.  Plans are reviewed for compliance with Village Ordinances and sound engineering practices. 

Site development plans are required for:
  • New developments
  • Teardowns/re-developments
  • Building additions (including detached garages).
  • Any proposed changes which alter the impervious area or drainage on a parcel 
Plans must be prepared by a licensed professional engineer or certified land surveyor. 

Records Request 

Existing Village utility and benchmark information may be obtained from the by submitting a Records Request Form.

Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators (JULIE)

Illinois State Law requires contact with JULIE before any digging project, regardless of project size or depth of the excavation.
JULIE may be contacted by dialing 811 or (800) 892-0123 or by visiting the JULIE website. Click Before You Dig!


National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

The Village is mandated, by a general permit through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, to identify and eliminate point sources of pollutants entering the storm sewer system and thereby prevent those sources from being transported to fresh water sources such as Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River.

Soil erosion control measures are required on all construction projects to reduce and eliminate silt from entering the storm sewer system. Any questions on this effort or concerns regarding a potential pollutant may be directed to the Public Works Department. Any potential source will be investigated and corrective measures taken based on the extent of the problem.

lakeshore construction 

Both private and public construction activities along the Lake Michigan shoreline require authorization from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). IDNR issues public notices, inviting comments from the Village, adjoining property owners and the general public to be considered as part of the IDNR permit review. 

View current IDNR Public Notices here