What is a Planned Unit Development (PUD)?

The purpose of Planned Unit Development regulations is to encourage and allow more creative and imaginative design of land developments than is possible under district zoning regulations. Planned Unit Developments are intended to allow substantial flexibility in planning and designing a proposal. This flexibility often accrues in the form of relief from compliance with conventional zoning ordinance site and design requirements. Ideally, this flexibility results in a development that is better planned, contains more amenities, and is ultimately more desirable to live in than one produced in accordance with typical zoning ordinance and subdivision controls. An intrinsic and often neglected premise upon which the approval of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) must be conditioned, is that while greater density or more lenient site requirements may be granted, the Planned Unit Development should contain features not normally required of traditional developments. A four-step procedure is prescribed for planned unit developments, of which the second step is optional. These steps include a Pre-Application, Conceptual Plan, Preliminary Plat, and Final Plat Procedures. The objectives of the PUD process, procedures, and submission requirements are outlined in Article 9 of the zoning ordinance. The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing with legal notice being placed in a published newspaper of general circulation in the Village of Gurnee. The Plan Commission meets on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Wednesday of each month. The hearing notice must be placed at least fifteen (15) days in advance of each hearing. Additionally, a sign is posted on the property displaying the hearing date. A notification letter is also sent to all property owners within 500 feet of the site. The Plan Commission is a recommending body, and for each application for a Planned Unit Development, the Commission will report to the Village Board of Trustees its findings and recommendations, including any stipulations or conditions of approval that are necessary for the protection of the public interest. Upon receipt of these findings of fact and recommendations from the Plan Commission, the Village Board shall act upon the proposed application.