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City Zoning Code Update: Join Us at an Open House February 26

Warrenville By Design open house February 26

Warrenville by Design Open House: Monday, February 26 from 3:30-7:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 28W701 Stafford Place.

The City wants to update its zoning code to regulate future development before a developer comes forward with a project. Drop in at your convenience to view the Warrenville by Design draft zoning overlay for two main areas of the City: Butterfield Road and Batavia Road, and Warrenville Road and Batavia Road. Staff and consultants will be available to answer questions. 

Review the Warrenville by Design Public Review Draft at: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/647e34d26cc0c15492c201d9/t/65c53c596f38a45286b6e437/1707424867718/2024JAN-WarrenvillebyDesign-OverlayPublicReviewDraft.pdf

Public meeting last August:

  • The City's Zoning Code Update public meeting August 9 allowed residents to share their thoughts on how the City can maintain its small-town feel in key areas of the community.
  • Approximately 50 residents attended a public input meeting about the future of the Old Town and Civic Center areas of Warrenville.  
  • They viewed 120 images of different developments (uses, scales, sizes, and styles) to rank and discuss in small groups.  
  • None of the images were proposals for Warrenville. 
  • They were examples given to learn about resident's preferences that will guide future City zoning regulations.  
  • After the public meeting, the City's consultant drafted zoning recommendations that the community can review and comment on February 26.

The City's zoning code update regulates future development and:

  • Makes sure that City buildings and public spaces (streets, sidewalks, parking, plazas, and gathering places) are connected and result in a high-quality, dynamic environment
  • Attracts private sector investment
  • Provides different types of housing in key areas of the community 

There are two main focus areas:

  1. Butterfield Road and Batavia Road
  2. Warrenville Road and Batavia Road

Goals include:

  • Create walkable, vibrant, community centers
  • Encourage mixed-use development
  • Provide a variety of housing types

PHASE ONE of this process last May included a project kick-off meeting, listening sessions, and a field survey. 

Learn more about those sessions in the Key Takeaways Summary at: WarrenvillebyDesign-KeyTakeawaysSummary.pdf

We encourage you to review the Project Directions Memo, which identifies key issues and recommendations, and also outlines the updated zoning code structure at: WarrenvillebyDesign-KeyTakeawaysSummary.pdf

The FAQ below gives more details about the City’s Zoning Code Update process and next steps: 

TOPIC

QUESTIONS

RESPONSES

What is the City’s Role?

  • Why is the City developing these properties?
  • Why do we need zoning regulations?

 

The City is not a developer. The City began a community process to create zoning regulations, which will help Warrenville respond IF there is developer interest in a project in the future. 


Zoning regulations educate developers about community expectations for projects and set guidelines for developers to follow. 


Creating zoning regulations does not automatically change any of these areas. More information about the project is available at: www.warrenvillebydesign.com.


We will update the Warrenville By Design website regularly throughout this process.

 What Will the Zoning Allow?

  • Why weren’t the new zoning codes, including parking and more, discussed at the August 9 meeting?
  • What is happening now?

 

There are no new zoning codes. This process is the first of four stages. The focus at this stage is to gather community opinions.

  1. A zoning code draft expected in early 2024 will address specific items like parking, setbacks, height, permissible land uses, green space requirements, and more.
  2. When the draft is ready, we’ll ask the community to review and comment on the proposed zoning changes.  

What Will be Developed?

  • Concerns about additional housing impacting community character, local resources, and services
  • Desire for more green space, and more businesses

The City has not received any development requests for the Old Town or Civic Center areas. 


The Warrenville by Design process will create new zoning regulations and define permitted and special uses for those areas, based on resident’s comments and community vision. 


The zoning codes will set clear expectations to ensure that each new investment is a step toward realizing Warrenville’s vision for small-town character. 


Based on community comments so far, the regulations will focus on walkable, well-connected places, high-quality construction, connection to trails, enhanced green spaces, and access to and protection of natural areas.

Why Discuss Housing?

  • Why do we need to consider any new housing?

Warrenville has an adopted Housing Action Plan that recognizes the City’s diversity and desirability. 


Warrenville is growing and attracting people of all ages. Housing choices must provide options for seniors, young professionals, and others looking for quality, attainable housing.  


The Warrenville by Design process will provide recommendations and supporting zoning codes to accommodate some new housing in specific areas.

When will Development Happen?

  • Why can’t the properties remain as is?
  • Why must development take place?

The City does not control changes in the market, but is required to respond to requests. 


Investment in Warrenville is critical to the success of our community – bringing shopping, jobs, recreation facilities, and other amenities to our residents. 


The Warrenville by Design project will result in a zoning code developed with community feedback that the City can use to tell developers what it prefers for these areas.     

What’s Next?

  • How can residents stay involved?
  • When is the next opportunity to participate?

There will be additional opportunities for public feedback during the Warrenville by Design Project process. Public comments are encouraged and welcomed.

  1. After the City’s consultant prepares draft zoning recommendations, the community will be able to review and comment on the proposed zoning changes.
  1. If and when a project is proposed, careful review, including Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals and City Council meetings, will provide additional opportunity for public comments related to those projects.

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