When Academy of Sound moved its operations into a church, nobody noticed right away it wasn’t legal.
The village is planning a change to that rule and two other ordinances – both relating to park development fees – and will hold a public hearing on one at its Thursday, April 4, Planning Commission meeting. Recommendations would go the Village Board for approval.
The rule that affects Academy of Sound, a music school that moved into First Presbyterian Church three years ago after being evicted from a downtown location, is part of a set of rules related to group developments and indoor land uses. They specify that nonprofits are the only acceptable operations for certain types of developments.
While the music school got a permit last fall to operate there, the process of fitting it into existing rules made it clear to village planning consultant Mike Slavney there were problems with the ordinance.
“Staff is finding this distinction unnecessarily inflexible – significantly complicating finding tenants for established institutional use buildings during off-peak hours,” Slavney wrote in a memo to the commission. “For example, it prohibits for-profit daycare center, music lessons or yoga classes from locating within an existing church or school.”
The group developments zoning ordinance, which governs any non-residential building with multiple tenants, was deemed unnecessary after 10 years of working with it, the memo states, adding that the site plan process “ensures that proper site layout is occurring for complicated sites.”
The other two ordinances both relate to parkland dedication and park impact fees. They both would go to the Village Board April 15, following a public hearing there.
One would establish two types of park impact fees: an improvement impact fee and an acquisition impact fee. It also would create an appeals process as part of the land dedication and impact fee ordinances.