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Special Projects

This page contains information regarding the following Community Development Department special projects:

 Adopted Zoning Ordinance Amendments to the C-2 Commercial Overlay District as well related amendments to the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial District and the C-2 General Retail Commercial District

On April 4, 2019, the Village Council adopted Ordinance No. MC-01-2019, An Ordinance Amending the “Winnetka Zoning Ordinance” Regarding Uses and Regulations in the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial District, C-2 General Retail Commercial District, and the C-2 Commercial Overlay District. In order to provide commercial property owners with time to plan for the proposed amendments, the Village Council provided ninety-days before the amendments go into effect, which will be July 4, 2019.  

The following links provide information regarding the amendments. The first document is a summary and the second document includes a copy of the ordinance.

As you review the ordinance amendments, we would like to provide you with the following reminder. In each zoning district, certain land uses are allowed by right, or what is called a permitted use (P). Other land uses require the Village Council approval before the use can occupy a space; such a use is called a special use (SU). The ordinance identifies, which uses are permitted uses and which are special uses.  If you have any questions regarding whether a particular proposed use for a commercial space is a permitted use or a special use, please contact the Community Planning Department at 847-716-3527.

 Adoption of New Model Building Codes

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Winnetka Village Council adopted Ordinance MC-5-2019, which adopted more current model building and fire safety codes, with local amendments, as the Building Code for the Village of Winnetka. 

All building and fire safety permit applications submitted on or after August 1, 2019, will be reviewed for compliance with the following model codes, local amendments to these codes, as well as other existing Village and other applicable governmental regulations. 

 One Winnetka

On August 6, 2019, Winnetka’s Village Council voted unanimously to repeal approvals for the One Winnetka development project due to the developer’s non-compliance with the development agreement and zoning approvals. The Village has also filed a complaint in court against the developer to compel action on numerous property maintenance issues.

The development agreement required that the developer provide a third-party financial guaranty of completion on or before November 18, 2018. It also required the developer to close on the Conney’s Pharmacy property and record the Plat of Subdivision no later than June 29, 2019. Both deadlines were missed, and caused a default of the agreement.

“Under all of the zoning approvals, the developer’s failure to meet the Plat of Subdivision date authorizes the Village Council to terminate their approvals,” said Peter Friedman, Village Attorney, before the Council voted to repeal the zoning approvals on August 6. “Section 13 of the development agreement says that the development agreement terminates automatically if the zoning approvals must terminate.”

Friedman noted that progress had been made in addressing property maintenance issues, including the provision of alarm monitoring services and removal of combustibles throughout most of the buildings. Concerns remain about the buildings being weather-tight and about unauthorized access to the buildings and trespassing in the vacant properties. Village staff will continue to monitor the properties and perform inspections.

The properties remain privately owned, and any issues relating to their maintenance or sale are matters for the property owner. The Village continues to monitor the vacant buildings for health, building code, and safety issues.

“The One Winnetka site continues to offer the opportunity for a great development project,” said Rob Bahan, Village Manager. “Winnetka remains open for business and welcomes conversations about future site opportunities.”

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