What is a Special Use?
A Special Use is a use which is generally compatible with the other land uses permitted in a zoning district but which, because of its unique characteristics or potential impacts on the surrounding neighborhood and the Village as a whole, requires individual consideration of its location, design, configuration, and/or operation at the particular location proposed.

A Special Use can only be approved subject to the use meeting all of the standards and conditions imposed upon it by the Zoning Ordinance. Special Uses require a public hearing with the Plan Commission and must have final approval from the Board of Trustees. Article 13 in the Zoning Ordinance provides the standards for approval of a Special Use and the procedures for Special Use approval. See section 13.11 Special Uses, of Article 13 (PDF).

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1. What is the role of the Community Development Department?
2. What is a Comprehensive Plan?
3. What is a Special Use?
4. What is a Planned Unit Development (PUD)?
5. What is a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District?
6. What is the role of the Plan Commission?
7. What is the role of the Appearance Review Commission?