Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is zoning?
  • What is subdivision?
  • Why prepare a Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Amendment?


  • What is zoning?

    Zoning regulates what structures and land are used for, where a structure may locate on a lot, and how big that structure can be. It also regulates other elements of site development, such as accessory structures, parking, and landscape. Zoning regulations are divided into zoning districts, so that use, bulk, yard and development regulations are tailored to the character of each particular zoning district.

    What is subdivision?

    Subdivision regulations provide the rules for dividing land into buildable lots, as well as the rules for public improvements that serve those lots.

    Why prepare a Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Amendment?

    The Village’s current Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations do not adequately reflect development and community needs. Past planning efforts and zoning amendments have created discrepancies and conflicts that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner. In addition, many of the current zoning district regulations don’t relate to the built environment in Clarendon hills–creating nonconformities–or do not allow for some desired forms of development.