Planning & Zoning

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Improving and protecting the quality of life of Evanston residents is a daily focus of the Planning and Zoning Division. Our mission is to serve as a resource and catalyst for improving the city, its neighborhoods, historic districts, downtown, and the industrial and commercial components of the local economy.

With a population of over 74,000 and as one of the most economically diverse older cities in the Midwest, Evanston is a distinct place with many amenities and opportunities, as well as challenges. Collaborative planning with citizens, businesses and institutions is integral to the city’s culture, as are public and private partnerships that promote a high quality of living and working in Evanston.

The Planning and Zoning Division is tasked to administer the Zoning Ordinance (Title 6 of the Evanston City Code). This includes reviewing all proposals and applications for compliance, process applications for zoning relief (i.e. variances) and provide zoning information in order to maintain compliance of all properties within the City of Evanston. The Zoning Office reviews all building applications for construction permits and business licenses for compliance. The flow chart provides an overview of the approval process for building proposals and applications. 

Additionally, the Planning and Zoning Division administers the Historic Preservation Ordinance, and staffs the Preservation Commission, as well the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Design & Project Review Committee (DAPR); the Plan Commission, the Comprehensive Plan Subcommittee of the Plan Commission, the Rules Committee of the Plan Commission, and the Zoning Committee of the Plan Commission.

CONTACT:

Planning & Zoning: 847-448-4311