Development Review Process

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For full details, see the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). For stormwater questions, contact Nick Christie at 708-283-5644, or at

Review & Approval

Village staff from various departments oversee development proposals:

  • Community Development
  • Economic Planning
  • Fire
  • Police
  • Public Works
  • Recreation & Health

Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Trustees also review certain actions. Commission meetings are on the second and fourth Tuesdays; Board meetings are on the first, third, and fourth Mondays.

For questions, call Economic Development and Planning at 708-283-5622.

Getting Started

Contact the Economic Development and Planning Department early. Shared information remains confidential until formal applications are submitted.

Follow these steps for subdivision or new construction:

  • Familiarize yourself with Village rules
  • Arrange a concept meeting for project consultation
  • Prepare detailed plans, including a site plan
  • Submit preliminary and final engineering and building plans
  • Establish a letter of credit if needed
  • Begin construction after permit approval

Thorough plans speed up the approval process. All required information must be submitted for review.

For more details, see the Planning and Zoning Approval web page.

Our Commitment

We offer transparent, respectful guidance to help you navigate the approval process, aiming to bring quality developments to Park Forest.