Community Development


The Community Development Division serves as a function of the Public Works Department, whose mission is to assist the community in preparing, administering and implementing community development policies and ordinances that result in the highest quality standards of appearance and convenience for the Village. In pursuit of this mission, Community Development is responsible for implementing the Village’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Subdivision Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, Building Code, and Property Maintenance Code, providing staff support to the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals, and preparing and supporting the various tools intended to implement the Village’s long-range plans.

The Community Development Director serves to administer and manage the programs and employees who serve in this Division while also acting as the Village’s Building Commissioner, Zoning Administrator, and staff liaison to the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals. All zoning and Plan Commission inquiries should be directed to Community Development Director Janine Farrell.

The Permit Technician is responsible for processing building permit applications; providing building information to the public; coordination of plan review and inspection services; and administration of the Village’s permit system. Plan reviews and inspections for building permits are done by outside contractors. All questions and inquiries regarding plan reviews, inspections, and other related questions should be directed to Permit Technician Michelle Mahlan.

The Project Engineer is responsible for engineering aspects related to development requests, such as grading, drainage, and other technical reviews, as well as oversees creation and implementation of many Village infrastructure projects. All engineering inquiries should be directed to Project Engineer Jim Miedema.


Janine Farrell
Community Development Director
(630) 654-8181 ext. 6100

Michelle Mahlan
Permit Technician
(630) 654-8181 ext. 3010

Jim Miedema
Project Engineer
(630) 654-8181 ext. 6010