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Unified Development Ordinance vote pushed back to mid-September

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 4:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 11:48 p.m. CDT

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.

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