Community Development Department

The Community Development Department is responsible for economic development, planning, zoning, appearance review, building permits and code enforcement activities as related to the built environment.

Community Development Director
Timothy J. Scott, AICP, CNU-A
tscott@wdundee.org

Chief Building Official
Mike Kelly
mkelly@wdundee.org

Planner
Gosia Pociecha
gpociecha@wdundee.org

Code Enforcement Officer
Krista Conrad
kconrad@wdundee.org

Admin Assistant
Cyndi Gagliano
cgagliano@wdundee.org

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The Community Development Department promotes economic growth and well-being for the community’s tax base by pursuing economic development opportunities and working to ensure that projects come forward in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan. The department works to build consensus for projects and gain neighborhood and commission support, as well as ensuring that proposals are in sync with Village Board policies and goals. After a project is approved, Community Development manages performance securities, coordinates engineering and subdivision reviews, ensures code compliance, issues and administer permits and performs inspections.

The Community Development Department also administers the business and rental registration and licensing programs, the special event application process and the Village’s facade and economic development low-interest loans and grants programs. On a case-by-case basis, individual assistance is provided to businesses and property owners to help solve problems, foster growth and stability, and achieve common goals for the economic health of the community and region.

Community Development aims to foster a positive image for the community, maintain the Village’s reputation in the region by providing a high level of service and preserve history while carving out a strong future position. Their commitment is to the betterment of the built environment, as well as the livability of the community.


The following studies, plans and maps constitute key tools by which community and economic development is considered, recruited and implemented for West Dundee:

Zoning Map
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The West Dundee Zoning Map identifies the zoning classification of each individual parcel in West Dundee. For detailed information about each zoning classification, please view the Municipal Code, Title 10 - Zoning Regulations.


Comprehensive Plan
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The West Dundee Comprehensive Plan was developed in 2005 and continues to provide a land-use vision for the Village of West Dundee. The plan seeks to provide a coordinated, sensible framework for future community improvement, development and redevelopment, including an efficient transportation network, a variety of housing options, increased economic development, access to open space and recreation activities, a preserved and enhanced natural environment, and reliable public services. The plan shows conceptual land-use strategies and is considered as a guide.


Economic Development Plan
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The West Dundee 2020 Economic Development Plan (EDP) is designed to provide a description of the Village’s vision for the economic growth of the four (4) primary sectors of the community and to define the tools we can and will use to achieve that vision. The EDP features the key element of the West Dundee economic development effort: the willingness to partner with entities both public and private to promote positive economic activities within the community. The EDP combines the various components relevant to attracting, retaining and supporting commercial and development activity in West Dundee into booklet form, and will be used to present to commercial enterprises the opportunities our community has to offer. It includes the three studies described below, in addition to longstanding economic incentive programs utilized by the Village and numerous other supporting documents. The EDP was formally adopted by the Village Board in May of 2015.


Downtown Plan
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In 2014, the Village of West Dundee engaged the consulting team of Hitchcock Design Group and Business Districts, Inc. to evaluate the assets, opportunities, community feedback and potential strategies to develop a plan to reinvigorate downtown West Dundee. West Dundee residents, officials and business owners participated in the development of the West Dundee Downtown Plan, attached below. The Downtown Plan was formally adopted by the Village Board on April 20, 2015. The Downtown Plan provides a conceptual framework for recommended policy, operational, capital and private property improvements to enhance the downtown environment. The Village will utilize the Downtown Plan as a framework and guide to both set in motion a plan for potential public improvements, and to engage and encourage thoughtful private development and investment in downtown West Dundee.


CMAP Housing Study
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In 2013, the Villages of West Dundee, East Dundee, Carpentersville and Elgin received a grant to work with the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council (CMAP) to evaluate the present and future housing needs of the community. The results of the Fox Valley Homes for a Changing Region study were received in 2014 and the report has been made a part of the Village’s EDP. The final report includes several recommendations regarding policy and operational changes, and areas of focus in terms of the types of housing that are lacking and for which demand is expected to increase in the coming years. The results of this study provide an important planning tool that will assist the Village in thoughtfully mapping its future residential development, which plays an important role in economic development.


Retail Market Study
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The Retail Market Study was undertaken in 2014 with the assistance of broker/consultant Barry Bain of GRS Group. The purpose of the study was to map and identify national and regional retailers not presently operating within our market area in order to focus on recruitment of those businesses that are best positioned to locate in West Dundee. The results of the study are also helpful in saving prospective developers time and money when attempting to analyze the market dynamics of the northern Kane County economy.

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Public Safety Center II
100 Carrington Drive
West Dundee, IL 60118

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(847) 551-3805
(847) 551-3814
8am - 4:30pm M-F

Development Projects

Spring Hill Mall Redevelopment

In 2014, Rouse Properties, owner of Spring Hill Mall, presented a redevelopment plan that included the demolition of the former JCPenney anchor and a portion of the existing inline tenant spaces on the westernmost portion of the property, to be replaced by new construction including a movie theater, new outward facing retail space and the creation of pad sites for future freestanding retail or dining operations.

The Village of West Dundee has engaged in a public-private partnership with Rouse to assist with gap financing to achieve this highly desired Spring Hill Mall redevelopment, based on the anticipated benefits to the community in terms of increased sales tax generation and revitalization of this vital economic corridor.

With the opening of the state-of-the-art 8-screen Cinemark Theater in December 2016 and the announcement that H&M and Cinnabon will open in the spring of 2017, the $50 million renovation of Spring Hill Mall is progressing well and will continue with the addition of new retailers and restaurants.

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Spring Hill Senior Residences

Gardner Capital has proposed the construction of an 61-unit apartment facility for low-income senior residents, to be located on 6.7 acres of the vacant 9.7 acre site at 969 W. Main (along the west side of Village Quarter Road, south of Chili’s Grill & Bar).

Individuals interested who would like to be placed on the Spring Hill Prospect List for potential future residency should call 847-564-2900 or email roserusso@hodc.org. Please provide your name and mailing address or email address.

The proposed development is supported by the recommendations of the CMAP Housing Study. This development is expected to break ground in 2017.

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Bright Oaks of West Dundee

Bright Oaks Group has proposed the construction of a 149 unit senior housing development, including memory care and assisted living in Phase 1, and independent living with retail/mixed use commercial in Phase 2, to be located on the vacant 9-acre site on the west side of Route 31 between Market Loop and Willow Lane. The proposed development is supported by the recommendations of the CMAP Housing Study.

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Downtown Plan Implementation

Downtown West Dundee is currently undergoing its most extensive renovation in decades. The most dramatic change is occurring on the southeast corner of First and Main. The complex of buildings fronting Main St will be removed by spring to establish a prominent gateway and riverfront for public use. The former bowling alley at 101 S First is being overhauled to accommodate up to four separate uses, including Around the Corner Candy.

The old Pump House and Fire Station at 98 Oregon have been removed. Bricks from the Pump House are being reclaimed with the intent of building a new code-compliant structure designed to pay tribute to the original. Its usable space will support public activities.

On the west side of First Street, the former Ace Hardware building has been removed to make way for additional public parking, and the corner property that previously housed Dylan's Pub is benefiting from nearly $1 million in upgrades to accommodate a new, family-style restaurant concept called Bamboozels.

On the north side of the downtown area, look for the opening of the RocHaus live-music theater in the former Clearwater space. The new venue is scheduled to open in April 2017. In addition, facade and interior improvements are being planned for no fewer than five buildings interspersed throughout the downtown area. Downtown West Dundee will continue to transform as these projects are completed.

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Tall Grass and Weeds

Please click below for the Village code regarding tall grass and weeds over 10" in height and other prohibited plant material which are considered to be a nuisance.

Complaints regarding violations of this ordinance may be directed to the Public Works Department via email, phone or reported online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/.

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Picking up a Permit?

Permits are issued by the Community Development Department, located in the fire station at 100 Carrington Drive (Public Safety Center #2).

PSC #2 is on the southwest corner of Route 72 and Carrington Drive (which lines up with Sleepy Hollow Rd heading north). It is a large brick building with a clock tower. Park in the front of the building, enter at the double doors, and you will be greeted at the service window just inside the lobby.

General Maintenance Code Enforcement

Based on direction from the Village Board and a focus on general aesthetics of the neighborhoods of West Dundee, the Village will be placing increased attention a number of common property maintenance code violations.

The areas of code enforcement that will be focused on include:

• Vehicles parked in driveways should not block the sidewalk, particularly during daylight hours, in order to promote a pedestrian-friendly environment throughout the Village.

• Refuse containers should not be placed curbside any earlier than the evening prior to collection. Typically, this is Thursday evening. During the week of the 6 major holidays (New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day), collection is moved to Saturday, in which case refuse containers should not be placed earlier than Friday evening.

• Garbage cans should not be stored along the front (street side) of your home, but rather along the side or in the rear yard.

• Grass and weeds within your individual lot should be properly maintained, and do not become overgrown or unsightly. These would include any planting beds, landscape areas or lawns.

• Outdoor fire pits must located in the rear yard and at least 20’ away from any structure or combustible material. No garbage or yard waste is permitted to be burned.

• RVs, boats and trailers may not be stored in any driveway for longer than 48 hours.

Please click below for additional information regarding enforcement intentions related to these code compliance issues.

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Fox Valley Regional Housing Study

In 2013, the Villages of West Dundee, East Dundee, Carpentersville and Elgin received grant funding to provide for a regional study regarding housing stock and projected future housing needs.

Through the study, present and future housing needs were analyzed utilizing multiple data sources and existing housing conditions in such areas as housing affordability, housing and transportation costs, and housing condition. Additionally, the capacity for new housing was reviewed by creating profiles of the workforce in the sub region and identification of industry sectors and commuting patterns, and; utilizing population, demographic and employment forecasts and determining potential new populations for each municipality and for the study area as a whole.

Click below to view the final report.

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Tue
Jul 04
2017

Independence Day - Village Offices CLOSED

The offices Village Hall, Public Safety Center 2 and the Public Works facility are closed in observation of the holiday.

This is one of the 6 holidays recognized by Republic Services. Therefore, curbside refuse collection will be one day later than usual for the week of the holiday. Collection will be on Saturday.

Mon
Sep 04
2017

Labor Day - Village Offices CLOSED

The offices Village Hall, Public Safety Center 2 and the Public Works facility are closed in observation of the holiday. This is one of the 6 holidays recognized by Republic Services. Therefore, curbside refuse collection will be one day later than usual for the week of the holiday. Collection will be on Saturday.

Thu
Nov 23
2017

Thanksgiving - Village Offices CLOSED

The offices Village Hall, Public Safety Center 2 and the Public Works facility are closed in observation of the holiday.

This is one of the 6 holidays recognized by Republic Services. Therefore, curbside refuse collection will be one day later than usual for the week of the holiday. Collection will be on Saturday.

Fri
Nov 24
2017

Day after Thanksgiving - Village Offices CLOSED

The offices Village Hall, Public Safety Center 2 and the Public Works facility are closed in observation of the holiday.

This is one of the 6 holidays recognized by Republic Services. Therefore, curbside refuse collection will be one day later than usual for the week of the holiday. Collection will be on Saturday.

Mon
Dec 25
2017

Christmas observed - Village Offices CLOSED

The offices Village Hall, Public Safety Center 2 and the Public Works facility are closed in observation of the holiday. This is one of the 6 holidays recognized by Republic Services. Therefore, curbside refuse collection will be one day later than usual for the week of the holiday. Collection will be on Saturday.


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