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Current Planning & Zoning

The Current Planning & Zoning Section of the Development Review Division is responsible for the administration of the Will County Zoning Ordinance, Land Resource Management Plan, and many other land use plans and ordinances. Many of the specific responsibilities include the following:

Acceptance and Processing of Zoning Applications. Staff members assist applicants in understanding the procedure for applying for map amendments, special use permits, and variances. All applications are filed with the Current Planning & Zoning Section where the appropriate fees are collected and the application is reviewed.

Review and Approval of Applications for Building Permits. All applications for a building permit are reviewed by the Current Planning & Zoning Section to determine compliance with the Zoning Ordinance. The review includes confirming zoning district requirements, building setbacks, and proposed uses.

Implementation of Plans. Current Planning & Zoning Section staff are also tasked to incorporate the Goals, Strategies, Planning Principles, and Action Initiatives found in Will County's planning documents such as the Land Resource Management Plan.

Provide staff services for committees. Current Planning & Zoning Section staff provide staff reports and draft official minutes for both the Planning and Zoning Commission and Land Use and Development Committee of the Will County Board. Upcoming agendas for these review bodies are available.

Other Administrative Duties. The Planning & Zoning staff assists applicants with administrative variances and with temporary permits for uses authorized in the Zoning Ordinance. The Planning & Zoning Division also maintains for public inspection the County's official zoning maps and all official records pertaining to the Zoning Ordinance.