Development Review Process

Before you open a new business, it is important to make sure the use is permitted within the zoning district in which the property is located. If you are building a new structure, adding to an existing structure, or developing vacant property, you may also need to submit a site plan and subdivide your property. This section briefly describes the zoning and subdivision issues that you may encounter.

Access the full Subdivision Ordinance (section 94 of the Municipal Code) and Zoning Ordinance (Section 118 of the Municipal Code) for more information.

Review & Approval

The review of development proposals is the responsibility of a team of village staff from the following departments:

  • Community Development
  • Economic Development and Planning
  • Fire
  • Police
  • Public Works

Based on the type of development involved, the departments of Recreation and Parks and Health may also be involved. Several types of planning approvals require review and approval by the Plan Commission and the Board of Trustees. The Plan Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The Board of Trustees meets on the first, second, and fourth Mondays of each month.

This web page will provide you with all the information you need to get started. If you have any questions as you get started on your project, call the Economic Development and Planning Department at 708-283-5622.

Getting Started

It is best to contact the Economic Development and Planning Department as early as possible in your planning process. Any information that you share with staff will be kept confidential until you actually formally apply for permits / approvals. We realize that confidentiality is very important in a competitive business and real estate climate and we will not violate your trust.

A typical development process should generally follow these steps:

  • Familiarize yourself with village regulations and approval processes
  • Contact the Economic Development and Planning Department to set up a concept meeting with staff to discuss your project and verify approval requirements and time lines
  • Prepare detailed plans
  • Submit preliminary engineering plans, if needed, for review and formal approval
  • Submit final engineering plans and building plans for review and approval
  • If applicable, establish appropriate letter of credit
  • After all permits are approved, begin construction

As you prepare your project, please remember that it is easier for the village to respond quickly and with accurate information to a well-thought-out plan. The more details that you can provide will help us ensure that you get complete answers and good directions from the beginning. Projects are not reviewed or entered into the approval process until all of the required information is provided.

 Our Commitment to You

The Village of Park Forest and the Department of Economic Development and Planning are committed to helping you through the development approval process.

We will be upfront with information and will offer professional insight and advice relative to project approvals. We will treat each person who seeks assistance with respect and honesty. We take extreme pride in working to bring outstanding quality developments to Park Forest.