Local Government

Unified Development Ordinance vote pushed back to mid-September

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board is pushing back a vote on the proposed Unified Development Ordinance for another month.

County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill said the ordinance will be called for a vote at the Sept. 16 evening meeting.

Tuesday's evening meeting will not suffice because the County Board has not yet finished its review of the 300-page document.

Board members have held three nonvoting Committees of the Whole to review the ordinance. The fourth and likely last one will be an hour before Tuesday's meeting, Planning and Development Director Dennis Sandquist said.

"We're still going through it," Hill, R-Woodstock, said.

The point of the reviews is to give County Board members a chance to air their concerns and to streamline the debate process the night of the vote by creating a list of things members want to change.

The ordinance, which has been under development for more than three years, updates the county’s development-related ordinances, such as those governing zoning, signs and subdivisions, and combines them into one to make the rules easier to read and follow. It only applies to unincorporated areas and does not supersede municipalities with their own development and land-use ordinances.

The ordinance attempts to balance property rights and preservation of natural resources, and attempts to address some land-use issues, such as agritourism, that have caused problems for the County Board because no definition or rules existed.

On the Net

You can read more about the proposed McHenry County Unified Development Ordinance at http://shawurl.com/10wo.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.