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Cook County Zoning and Building Committee met May 22

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | May 30, 2019

Meeting 01

Cook County Zoning and Building Committee met May 22.

Here is the agenda provided by the committee:


Authorization as a public speaker shall only be granted to those individuals who have submitted in writing, their name, address, subject matter, and organization (if any) to the Secretary 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Duly authorized public speakers shall be called upon to deliver testimony at a time specified in the meeting agenda. Authorized public speakers who are not present during the specified time for public testimony will forfeit their allotted time to speak at the meeting. Public testimony must be germane to a specific item(s) on the meeting agenda, and the testimony must not exceed three minutes; the Secretary will keep track of the time and advise when the time for public testimony has expired. Persons authorized to provide public testimony shall not use vulgar, abusive, or otherwise inappropriate language when addressing the Board; failure to act appropriately; failure to speak to an item that is germane to the meeting, or failure to adhere to the time requirements may result in expulsion from the meeting and/or disqualify the person from providing future testimony.



Approval of the minutes from the meeting of 4/25/2019


Presented by: JAMES WILSON, Secretary, Zoning Board of Appeals


Request: Special Use SU19-01 & Variance V 19-09

Township: Lyons

County District: 17

Property Address: 9000 Elm Avenue, Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

Property Description: The Subject Property consists of approximately 43,500square feet of total land area and is located on the west side of Elm Avenue, south of Wolf Road, in Section 06.

Owner: Jeff Mendez, 409 W 169th Street, South Holland, Illinois 60473

Agent/Attorney: Nick Ftikas, Law Offices of Samuel V.P. Banks, 221 N. LaSalle St., 38th Floor Chicago, IL 60601

Current Zoning: R-3 Single Family Residence District

Intended use: Special Use for Planned Unit Development, with a companion Variance to allow for the construction of a single-family residential dwelling located on property designated as “Environmentally Sensitive Area”, by the Cook County Comprehensive Land Use and Policies Plan. The companion Variance request seeks to reduce the lot width from the minimum required 150 feet to an existing 145 feet in order to construct a single family residence, if granted under the companion Special Use (SU19-01).

Recommendation: ZBA Recommendation is that the application be granted Conditions: None

Objectors: None


Zoning Board Hearing: 4/3/2019 Zoning Board Recommendation date: County Board extension granted: N/A


Sponsored by: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President) and PETER N. SILVESTRI, Cook County Board of Commissioners


BE IT ORDAINED, by the Board of Commissioners of Cook County that Appendix A, Zoning, Article 8, General Provisions, Section 8.7 of the Cook County Code shall be amended as follows:


8.7.7. ANIMALS. In addition to the regulations below, the keeping of animals is subject to all applicable provisions of the Cook County Code of Ordinances, including but not limited to those contained within Chapter 10, Animals, and Chapter 38, Health and Human Services. For purposes of this ordinance, an animal shall be considered an adult when it reaches four (4) months of age.


C. Horses. The keeping of horses shall be limited to a minimum lot area of 1⁄2 acre; horses shall be kept in an adequate enclosure suitable for the confinement of such animals. This section does not apply to "miniature horses," which are subject to regulation as "pets" above.

CD. Fowl. No more than twelve (12) five (5) fowls shall be kept when located on zoning lots of less than 1acre; roosters are prohibited; fowls shall be kept in an adequate enclosure suitable for the confinement of such animals.

DE. Beekeeping. Bee colonies may be kept on residential and commercial zoning lots, provided they comply with the following regulations:


EF. Exemptions. This section shall not apply to farms, veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, kennels, or animal shelters.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, by the Board of Commissioners of Cook County that Appendix A, Zoning, Article 13, Administration and Enforcement, Sections 13.6of the Cook County Code shall be amended as follows:




C. Variances forwarded to the Cook County Board of Commissioners for final decision shall be approved by a favorable vote of three-quarters of all members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners in cases where the Zoning Board of Appeals has not recommended approval of a proposed variance or where there has been a written protest filed against a proposed variance in accordance with Section 13.13 of this ordinance.


Effective date: This ordinance shall be in effect immediately upon adoption.

Legislative History : 3/21/19 - Board of Commissioners - refer to the Zoning and Building Committee

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