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Clarendon Hills master plan meeting moved to accommodate crowd

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 8:30 a.m. CDT

CLARENDON HILLS – The upcoming public hearing of the Zoning Board of Appeals/Plan Commission will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium of Prospect School, 100 North Prospect Ave.

The meeting has been moved from the Clarendon Hills village hall boardroom because a large crowd is expected to show up, several residents appeared for the last hearing on July 17.

"We just want to be prepared," Community Development Director Dan Ungerleider said.

The heightened community involvement is attributed to the debate over the updated Clarendon Hills downtown master plan.

In the forefront of discussion is what the maximum height of buildings should be.

Recently, there was a petition drive to get an advisory referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot that would ask if building height should be limited in the downtown area to two stories, or 30 feet, whichever is smaller. The referendum is not binding.

Ungerleider said the zoning board can choose to go with the recommended height of buildings in the plan, which he said is four or five stories, they can choose to recommend a taller or shorter height, or they can opt to not vote and let the village board decide.

Thursday's meeting is the third time community members will be able to comment on the direction of the master plan, this time focusing on building height, land use and economic development.

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