Community & Economic Development Department

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

Director of Economic Development, Planning, Zoning and Urban Design
Timothy J. Scott, AICP, CNU-A

Director of Community Development / Building Official
Thomas Moszczynski

Village Planner (PT)
Kim Tibbetts

Code Enforcement Officer (PT)
Krista Conrad

Administrative Assistant
Cyndi Gagliano

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The Community & Economic 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 & Economic Development manages performance securities, coordinates engineering and subdivision reviews, ensures code compliance, issues and administer permits and performs inspections.

The Community & Economic 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 & Economic 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

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

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

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

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 has utilized the Downtown Plan as a framework and guide to both set in motion a plan for public improvements, and to engage and encourage thoughtful private development and investment in downtown West Dundee. For more information on Downtown Plan Implementation, view the Development Projects section of this page, in the right-hand column.

Main Street / Route 31 TIF Redevelopment Plan

The Village Board recently adopted a new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, which includes downtown West Dundee, the Route 72 corridor east of Route 31, and the Route 31 corridor south to the largely undeveloped Haeger property. The establishment of the TIF District provides economic development funding and tools to facilitate needed public improvements within the district, provides a mechanism to increase property valuations and development within this area, and provides incentive funding for redevelopment and reinvestment in older and obsolete properties within the district. TIF Funds are generated when the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) of properties within the district increase, thereby generated new property taxes. Those incremental increases in property tax payments are then placed into the TIF Fund for allocation toward eligible projects within the district.

CMAP Housing Study

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

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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100 Carrington Drive
West Dundee, IL 60118


(847) 551-3805
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Development Projects

Spring Hill Senior Residences

Status: Substantially Complete

Located at 939 West Main Street, Spring Hill Senior Residences welcomed residents just in time for the 2019 holiday season. This four-story contemporary building contains 61 units of affordable, independent senior living. Landscaping and other site improvements are scheduled for installation in 2020 as weather permits.

Spring Hill Senior Residences was developed by St. Louis-based Gardner Capital, and it is managed by the Seldin Company. Interested parties may contact Seldin at (224) 230-9329 and view information about the community at


Downtown Plan Implementation

Status: Stage 1 Complete, Stage 2 Under Construction, Stage 3 Contemplated

Over the past several years, Downtown West Dundee has undergone its most extensive renovation in decades.

In early 2017, the empty Ace Hardware building at 118 S First was removed and replaced by an expanded and improved public parking lot to support the downtown business community. The old Pump House/Fire Station at 98 Oregon were also removed at that time. Bricks from the Pump House were reclaimed and held, with the intent of building a new code-compliant structure designed to pay tribute to the original. Potential construction of this amenity will be considered for Stage 3 of the Downtown Improvements Project. Its usable space would support public events and activities.

The most dramatic change occurred on the southeast corner of First and Main (Rte 72). The complex of buildings fronting Main St just west of the Fox River were removed to establish a new public park area and riverfront improvements for public use. In addition, three new stone-facade dumpster enclosures were constructed to serve the downtown businesses. These improvements were completed in Stage 1. Stage 2 of the Downtown Improvements Project was completed in 2020, and includes additional riverfront improvements and additional parking spaces east of First Street.

Private investment has also changed the face of Downtown West Dundee in recent years, bringing many of the historic commercial properties up to today's code compliant standards. A public/private partnership facilitated the complete interior and exterior renovation of the former bowling alley at 101 S First, which is now home to Around the Corner Candy, Shine Salon & Dry Bar and Pucci-Pirtle Law.

The first property in recent years to see a major facelift, inside and out, was 102 W Main. This property was renovated to suit DreamCo Design back in 2012, and more recently sold to and inhabited by Trippots. Other significant private renovations have included: 109 and 111 W Main, now home to Grid 7 Properties and United Career Fairs and upper level residences; 101 W Main, now home to Bamboozels; 96 W Main, now home to RocHaus; 124 W Main, hom to 124 Lofts and previously to CRAFT Donuts + Coffee (closed March 2021); 125-127 W Main, now home to Woodfire, with ongoing construction of upper level residences; 104-106 W Main, now home to Motl Accounting/Payroll Vault; and 205 W Main, now home to The Half Full Nest Vintage Market.

Interior renovations have also been completed in recent years at existing downtown businesses, including Emmett's Brewing Company (125 W Main), Spa Bleu (106 N 2nd), and The Village Squire (125 Washington), and to facilitate new businesses, including bleuroot (98 W Main) and Boxwood Home & Cabinetry Company (122 W Main).

Downtown West Dundee will continue to transform as these projects are completed, and potentially others initiated in the future. Attached below is the Downtown Master Plan completed in 2015 and a broad overview of the Stage 1 and 2 public improvements that were realized from that plan. For additional before and after photos of improvements mentioned above, please view the Spring 2021 Newsletter.


Springs at Canterfield

Status: Complete

Completed at the end of 2018, Springs at Canterfield is a 260-unit, gated luxury apartment community on approximately 23.5 acres at the northeast corner of IL Route 31 and Canterfield Parkway East, immediately north of River Valley Memorial Gardens and east of the 352-unit Villages at Canterfield apartment complex.

Each of the 13 residential buildings contains two stories and 20 apartments, with two (2) studio, eight (8) one-bedroom, eight (8) two-bedroom, and two (2) three-bedroom units, all with individual entrances. Amenities include a clubhouse with pool, fenced-in dog play areas, and walking paths. Springs' pastoral setting is just a quarter mile from Interstate 90.

Leasing information may be found at:


Westbrook at Canterfield

Status: Approved

Approved by the Village in March of 2020, upon completion Westbrook at Canterfield wil lbe a 126-unit senior living facility on nine (9) acres at the southwest corner of Angle Tarn and IL Route 31. Westbrook will contain 36 units dedicated to memory care and 90 units assigned for assisted living, with the residential-in-character building set in amenity-laden, lushly-landscaped environs.

Westbrook would be developed by Des Moines, Iowa-based Nelson Construction & Development and operated by the highly-regarded Franciscan Ministries.

Westbrook at Canterfield will be immediately adjacent to the Fairhills at Canterfield, an established West Dundee neighborhood of 122 detached single-family homes, and down the street from the Villages at Canterfield and the Springs at Canterfield, luxury apartment complexes containing 352 and 260 living units, respectively.

Westbrook at Canterfield will offer convenient access from I-90 and be just a few minutes drive to West Dundee’s historic downtown and its collection of local restaurants, specialty shops, and charming walkway along the Fox River.

View a PDF of the perspective renderings for this proposed development below.

Click here to view an animated flyover or click below to view a PDF of the perspective renderings for the project.


Seasons at Randall Road

Status: Under Construction

Seasons at Randall Road, by Milwaukee, WI-Fiduciary Real Estate Development, Inc., is a 300-unit luxury apartment complex on approximately 34.5 acres at the southwest corner of Randall Road and Recreation Drive, just north of the intersection of IL Route 72/Main Street and Randall Road and immediately south of the Randall Oaks Recreation Center, Zoo, and 18-hole Golf Course.

Seasons’ convenient location provides quick access to Interstate 90 and is just a few minutes drive east to Historic Downtown West Dundee and its restaurants, live entertainment, specialty retail, and walkway along the tranquil Fox River.

Each of Seasons’ 15 residential buildings contains two stories and 20 apartments each, a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units, with all residences having individual entrances. On-site amenities include a clubhouse with fitness center and outdoor pool, walking paths, and ample landscaping.

Initial delivery of apartments began in spring of 2020, with completion of the community’s first phase targeted for the holiday season of 2020. Leasing information may be found at the below link.

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Business Community Profiles

The Village of West Dundee is pleased to provide a series of articles highlighting locally owned businesses in our community. Business Community Profiles can be viewed on the Local Businesses page of this site (linked below).

These profiles have been created with the assistance of freelance writer and local resident Erin Sauder and in cooperation with the featured business owners. Additional profiles will be shared as they are completed, at an anticipated rate of approximately one per month. Please check back for more!

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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

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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.


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.

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Sep 05

Labor Day - Village Offices CLOSED

The administrative offices of the Village (Village Hall, Community Development, Fire, Police, and Public Works) are closed in observation of the holiday.

This is also one of the 6 holidays recognized by the Village's refuse hauler. Therefore, curbside refuse & recycling collection will be one day later than usual for the week of the holiday. Collection will be on Saturday.

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