COD to Submit Planned Development to County

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Through an Intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Village of Glen Ellyn, the College was placed under the County's jurisdiction over zoning and construction rather than the Village's.

The County needs to create a zoning classification that applies to the College. Whenever any property becomes part of the County's jurisdiction, the County initially classifies the property as R1 Residential until the property can be reclassified or modified through the County's zoning process. 

The County recognizes that the College is unique within the County due to the College's size, complexity, number of buildings and various uses. Consequently, the County suggested filing a Planned Development zoning application to modify the R1 Residential zoning classification to match the College's property uses, structures, buildings, parking lots and fields. Due to the obvious differences between the College and a residential neighborhood, there will be several zoning modifications, such as building heights, setbacks and signage to name a few. 

When the College submitted its Planned Development application, the County asked the College to address the College's existing conditions as well as future developments of the College's east and west Glen Ellyn campuses. The County prefers to review a zoning application for large properties, such as the College, as a whole development of the property indicating potential future structures rather than proceeding with a piecemeal approach of returning to the County to seek repeated amendments to the Planned Development as new building plans are solidified. The County has similarly worked with Cantigny and the Morton Arboretum in the past to obtain approval for the development of their current and future potential facilities.

Consequently, the College's engineering firm, V3 and the College's architect, Legat, prepared a zoning plat and site plan. The site plan depicts the College's current buildings, structures, signs and fields as well as place holders of locations for future potential buildings, structures, signs, parking lots and fields based on a complete build out of the College's campus over the next decades. Future College Boards will have to decide if, when and what to actually build on these locations. No decisions are required at this time.

After working with the County on the various elements of this zoning modification process, the College submitted its application for a Planned Development. The Planned Development application will go to the County Zoning Board of Appeals, Thursday, May 10, to the County Development Committee within the next month and, finally, the County Board in the summer for approval. The County staff has been courteous, professional and extremely helpful during this process.

Residents have voiced concern that the College is actively pursuing student residence halls, additional electronic signage that they worry will be distracting to drivers, and more parking space, which they fear would create storm water drainage issues.

The College is not pursuing residence halls on its campus and must always comply with state law, as regulated by the Illinois Community College Board. In terms of safety, the College has conducted studies to account for a traffic increase with parking. The College has always complied with local storm water ordinances and will continue to do so. Any new buildings will have similar signs to those on existing campus buildings, but these will be minor additions to the signage.