Zoning on a Budget (Updating Your Code with out Breaking the Bank)

APA Illinois Chapter


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CDT

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Outdated codes can be frustrating to both residents and staff, and can put a community at risk if its regulations have not kept pace with changes in legislation or in the courts.  Yet municipal budgets are tight, and good luck getting any planning money out of Springfield anytime soon.  While traditional approaches to comprehensive code amendments can be costly, a focused, strategic approach can save time and money by addressing critical issues through a policy focused approach. This facilitated discussion will provide a window into how different communities are addressing these critical needs economically, strategically, and surgically, often without major overhauls of existing codes.  The City of Champaign has used a staff driven process, using consultants strategically to address specific issues related to its business districts; the Village of Oak Brook took a surgical approach by focusing on key policy issues, supplemented by staff input, and the Village of Diamond retained a consultant to create an efficient process that resulted in a comprehensive overhaul suited for a rural community.

Learning Objectives:

• Understanding different, lower cost approaches to code updates

• Using local resources effectively – from communities with large staff to communities with limited staff support.

• Understanding how different process can be used save cost.

• What is a policy driven approach, and what are the benefits.


Benjamin Leroy

Confirmed Speaker

Intern-Planning Department at City of Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Read More

Teresa Kernc

Confirmed Speaker

Mayor at Village of Diamond

Konstantine Savoy, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

With over 55 municipalities served over 37 years, as a public and private sector planning consultant, Mr. Savoy created the Savoy Consulting Group to focus his experience on local municipalities providing community planning, economic development, project management for public and private clients, and problem-solving through community engagement, project facilitation, consensus ... Read More

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Trevor Dick, trevordick77@gmail.com