Zoning Board of Appeals

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What is the Zoning Board of Appeals?

The Palatine Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is an advisory body for the hearing of special use and variation petitions. Under state law, it acts as the public hearing body for the Village Council. Members listen to the public, the petitioner and Village staff.

What happens at a Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting?

  1. The Chair calls the meeting to order and roll call is taken to ensure a quorum.
  2. Minutes and Findings of Fact of the previous meeting are approved.
  3. The Chair reads the legal notice authorizing a public hearing and numbers exhibits presented in advance as evidence by either the petitioner or others.
  4. Chair calls on the staff, the petitioner, and members of the public (in that order) to present testimony. Anyone who wishes to ask a question or make a statement is "sworn in" as a witness. The petitioner is not required to, but may answer questions raised by the audience. The Chair will not permit argument or unproductive exchange to develop between the audience, the petitioner, commission members, and/or staff.
  5. The public hearing is closed, and the Board deliberates on the matter. If there is more than one public hearing scheduled, the Board may hold all hearings before deliberating. Although you will not be able to speak or give further input after the public hearing is closed, you are encouraged to remain and listen. The Board in its deliberations will consider only evidence which is relevant to this petition. Evidence which may be considered includes such things as traffic studies, testimony on effects of petition on public health, safety and welfare and values of surrounding properties and the effect the proposed zoning relief would have on such valuation.

Who are the board members?

The nine members have been appointed to serve without any compensation and volunteer their time to serve their community. The secretary, who sits on the platform, is a Village employee, not a commission member. 

Remember...the Zoning Board of Appeals is a recommending body. The Village Council makes final decisions.

  • Jan Wood, Chairperson  
  • Kevin Cavanaugh
  • James Dittrich
  • Brent Larson
  • Jerry Luszczak
  • Theodore McGinn
  • John Pirog
  • Joseph Quinn
  • Cindy Roth-Wurster

How do I testify?

The public is called on to speak at a specific point in the agenda. Spoken testimony should be brief, non-repetitive and to the point. A time limit may be set if there are many people wishing to speak. Representatives of homeowners associations may be invited to speak first.

Written testimony can also be submitted by sending it to the Planning and Zoning Department or by writing directly to Board members.

What is the next step?

The Zoning Board's recommendations are sent to the Village Council along with staff recommendations. The Council meets as the Committee of the Whole for its discussion. They MAY allow limited testimony before making a recommendation. The Village Council votes the committee's recommendation at a Council meeting. As a member of the public, you can always telephone or write council members and the Mayor of the Village.

Meeting Dates and Times

Zoning Board of Appeals
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
7:00 pm


Village Hall 200 E. Wood St. Council Chambers (2nd floor)



 Agenda & Minutes


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