Village of Winnetka
In some cases, strict application of the Zoning Ordinance creates practical difficulties or hardship for a property owner. In such cases, the property owner may seek an exception to a provision of the Zoning Ordinance, which is termed a “variation.” Variations are granted or denied based on standards outlined in the Zoning Ordinance. Examples of variations include requests to allow an addition closer to the lot line than permitted.
Depending on the type of zoning relief being sought, the request may fall under the approval authority of the Zoning Board of Appeals, or may in some instances require review by the Village Board of Trustees.
The Zoning Board of Appeals holds public hearings on all variation requests, publishing notice of such hearings in the local press, and mailing notice to nearby property owners.
It is highly recommended that a pre-application meeting be scheduled before proceeding with any request for zoning relief; such meeting can be scheduled by calling (847)716-3525. It is recommended that a potential applicant review the application materials and forms prior to the pre-application meeting.
Certain uses, because of their unique characteristics, require evaluation on a case-by-case basis in order to permit consideration as to the impact on neighboring land and/or the public need. Such uses are classified as “special uses.” A public hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals and a favorable vote by the Village Board is required prior to the establishment of a special use, or prior to modifications to existing special uses.
As is the case with variations, specific standards for special uses are outlined in the Zoning Ordinance.
It is highly recommended that a pre-application meeting be scheduled before proceeding with any request for special use permit; such meeting can be scheduled by calling (847)716-3525.
The Zoning Board of Appeals hears requests for variations and special uses as required by the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the second Monday of each month. Click here for more information about the Zoning Board of Appeals.
510 Green Bay Rd. Winnetka, IL 60093
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