Community Development

News about the Community Development Department

Why Change the Zoning Ordinance?

The current Zoning Ordinance of the Village of Gurnee was adopted in 1980, with updates occurring over the years in an attempt to keep the code “up to date.”   Many of the problems with the current regulations are those that you would expect from a 30 year old document.  Outdated terms like “telegraph office” and “trading stamp stores” still reside in our regulations, as well as outdated parking standards. 

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What Is Zoning?

Zoning regulates how land is used, where a structure may locate on a lot, and how tall and large that structure can be.  It also regulates other elements of site development, such as accessory structures, temporary uses, parking, landscaping, and signs.   

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Zoning Ordinance Update

Welcome to the website for the Village of Gurnee Zoning Ordinance Update.  The Gurnee Village Board hired Camiros, Ltd, an urban planning consulting firm, to assist Village staff in a comprehensive update of the Village’s more than 30 year old Zoning Ordinance. 

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Where can I put a pool or hot tub?


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What are the new RV & Haul-Trailer Requirements?

On March 15, 2010, the Gurnee Village Board approved an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance relating to parking and storage of recreational vehicles and haul-trailers outside on residentially zoned and used properties. Please visit the Village's RV & Haul-Trailer Requirements page for full details.

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Property Maintenance

Property Maintenance and Nuisance Codes are concerned with the ongoing health, safety, maintenance, and occupancy of existing structures and properties rather than the construction of new structures, which is covered under the Building Code. The development and implementation of a property maintenance program reflects the Village’s commitment to the safety, healthfulness, quality, and presentation of the community.

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