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
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Village Planner
Atrin Fard
afard@wdundee.org

Code Enforcement Officer (PT)
Krista Conrad
kconrad@wdundee.org

Admin Assistant (PT)
Cyndi Gagliano
cgagliano@wdundee.org

Admin Assistant (PT)
Courtney Berg-Meyer
cmeyer@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 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
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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
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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
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Development Projects

Spring Hill Senior Residences

Gardner Capital is constructing a 61-unit apartment facility for low-income senior residents 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 who would like to be placed on the Spring Hill Prospect List for potential future residency should call Kelly at Seldin Company at (224) 230-9329. Please provide your name and mailing address or email address.

This development is supported by the recommendations of the CMAP Housing Study. This development is expected to complete construction in late spring or early summer 2019.

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Downtown Plan Implementation

Downtown West Dundee is undergoing its most extensive renovation in decades.

The empty Ace Hardware building at 118 S First was removed in early 2017, 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 a future phase 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.

The scope of work for Stage 2 of the Downtown Improvements Project will be considered by the Village Board in 2019. Stage 2 is likely to include 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.

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, and 124 W Main, now home to CRAFT Donuts + Coffee and 124 Lofts. The first property in recent years to see a major facelift was 102 W Main, renovated to suit DreamCo Design back in 2012.

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).

Additional major renovations are currently anticipated at 125-127 W Main, future home of Woodfire Pizza, and at 104-106 W Main, future home of Motl Accounting/Payroll Vault.

Downtown West Dundee will continue to transform as these public and private projects are completed, and potentially others initiated in the future.

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Springs at Canterfield

In late July 2017, earth moving began for the “Springs at Canterfield,” a gated luxury apartment development by Continental Properties.

This approximately $20-million project on nearly 24 acres is located on the east side of Route 31 immediately north of the River Valley Memorial Gardens and east of the Villages of Canterfield apartment community. The development will see 260 residential units in 13 buildings, with each building having two studio, eight one-bedroom, eight two-bedroom, and two three-bedroom units, with all residences having individual entrances. Amenities for the “Springs” include a clubhouse with pool, fenced-in dog play areas, walking paths, and ample, four-season landscaping.

Leasing is now available. Click the weblink below for more information.

Although market dependent and driven, the project is expected to help attract additional compatible development in this area of the Village and stimulate economic activity along the Route 31 corridor.

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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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Calendar

Mon
Sep 02
2019

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.

Thu
Nov 28
2019

Thanksgiving 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.

Fri
Nov 29
2019

Thanksgiving Day observed - 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.

Wed
Dec 25
2019

Christmas 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.

Wed
Jan 01
2020

New Years 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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