Planning and Development Commission

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Members of this Board are:


Tom Duhig  
  Matt Egan  
  Hasan Kishta  
  Bill Kushernik  
  Bill Lundy  
  James Pembroke  
  Rich Piazza  
  Pina Paruta  
  Vernon Zumhagen  
 Staff Jack Gallagher 499-7717 
 Attorney   Pat Connelly  
 

The Planning and Development Commission was established by the Village President and Board of Trustees in 1981, and re-established in 1993.  The Commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the President and Board of Trustees.  Each member serves a three-year term and the terms are staggered so that no more than three members' terms expire in any given year.  From the appointed members, the Commission selects its own chairman annually at the regular meeting closest to December 31st.

 The basic functions of the Planning and Development Commission are:  

           A.     To oversee the implementation of the master plan.

           B.     To hear requests for deviation from the master plan. 

           C.    To decide on certain requests related thereto. 

           D.    To make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on such requests.

           E.     To administer the long range planning for land use and other aspects of land planning in and for the Village.  

It is also the function of the Planning and Development Commission to review subdivision requirements and oversee most applications for subdivision in the Village of Oak Lawn.  

The Planning and Development Commission is vested with the following jurisdiction and authority:         

           A.     To investigate and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees concerning the subject matter of amendments and variations of items to the zoning ordinance. 

           B.     To hear all applications for rezoning requests, special uses and/or variations of use pertaining to the subdivision ordinance. 

           C.    To hear and pass upon applications for planned development. 

           D.    To periodically review the zoning ordinance, and initiate, direct, and review from time to time, studies into the various provisions of the ordinance. 

           E.     To adhere to the current comprehensive plans.

           F.     To hear and decide on matters referred to it by the Board of Trustees. 

Meetings of the Planning and Development Commission are heard twice each month on the first and third Mondays.  At that time the Planning and Development Commission acts on the items placed on their agenda by their liaison department, the Office of Quality Control.

All actions of the Planning and Development Commission are subject to confirmation and approval by the Village President and Board of Trustees.  The Village Manager has designated a representative of the Office of Quality Control to act as a liaison to work with the Planning and Development Commission in their deliberations.  Additionally, a representative of the Village Attorney's office is in attendance at each meeting to provide proper legal advice into the decision making process.