Planning & Development
Planning & Development
Planning and Community Development Department
401 W. Washington St.
East Peoria, IL 61611
Phone: (309) 698-4750
Fax: (309) 698-4719
Director of Planning and Community Development: Ty Livingston
Glen Wetterow, Zoning/GIS Coordinator
Diane Lauterbach, Executive Director, Housing Authority
Wendy Faulkner, Secretary/Leasing Specialist
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Department of Planning and Community Development is responsible for administering programs, projects and activities that enrich East Peoria and make it a better place to live and work. The department focuses on improving neighborhoods, regulating land uses for orderly growth and development, increasing economic activity, and fosering new residential, commercial and industrial growth.
The department is also home to the East Peoria Housing Authority. The Housing Authority operates a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program that assists eligible persons with rent from a private landlord on the open market.
Boards and Commissions
The City of East Peoria relies on two key boards to address issues affecting everything from land development to signs.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The East Peoria Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is composed of seven local citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. The ZBA meets on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Civic Complex, 401 W. Washington St., on cases involving variance requests, rezoning and special uses.
The purpose of the ZBA is to hold a public hearing on any request for the rezoning of a parcel, the granting of a special use, an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, or the creation of a planned unit development. The ZBA provides recommendations to the City Council for its final decision. The ZBA's role is to provide an impartial review and forward a recommendation that it feels best serves the public interest. The ZBA also conducts public hearings on requests for variances from building setbacks and has final decision-making authority on these cases.
At its February 2009 meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals held a Public Hearing to review the zoning map and make a recommendation to the City Council to adopt the Official Zoning Map as presented. After deliberations the board voted unanimously to recommend approval and the City Council approved the amending ordinance in April 2009. The zoning map is an everchanging document. The online mapping site is updated on an ongoing-basis. Click here to view the Official Zoning Map.
The Planning Commission is composed of seven local citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. The commission meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Civic Complex, 401 W. Washington St., on cases involving plats of survey and subdivision review.
The purpose of the Planning Commission is to hold public hearings for proposed preliminary and final plats for new subdivisions, plats of survey, Comprehensive Plan amendments and annexations. The commission not only reviews developments within the city but has jurisdiction within 1 1/2 miles of the corporate city limits.
After the public hearings the commission makes its recommendations to the City Council, which then renders the final decision.
The primary goal/objective of the Economic Development Division is to formulate and implement programs to increase job opportunities for residents, expand the city's tax base and increase the level of economic activity. The division is also involved with revitalizing the city's riverfront and downtown areas. Working with our regional partner, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, meetings occur regularly with local businesses as well as site selectors seeking new locations for their clients. This division also manages the East Peoria portion of the Northern Tazewell Enterprise Zone as well as the City's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) - a low interest, short term loan for businesses.
Residential Properties For Sale
From time to time, the City acquires residential property which it seeks to sell to interested parties. Typically, these properties are unimproved but ready to have a new home constructed on them. All properties are sold “as is”.
Check this page often as available properties will be updated as currently listed ones are sold and new sites become available. Contact Ty Livingston, director of Planning and Community Development, for more information at (309) 698-4750.
Erosion Control/Steep Slope Ordinance
The City has adopted an ordinance to manage erosion on any construction site and regulate development activity along the bluffs, hillsides and ravines within the corporate city limits. The ordinance intends to control the runoff of surface water and stormwater to limit erosion while maintaining native vegetation in these areas.
The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission was established in 1958 to promote intergovernmental cooperation, regional planning, and a vision for the future. The commission exists to serve the residents of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties by offering a forum for leaders of local government, and to develop a vision for the future by defining regional issues, setting goals, and cooperatively implementing plans. The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is the “Steward of the Regional Vision.”
The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission provides regional planning services to the Tri-County Region which includes Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties in Central Illinois. These services include regional projects such as metropolitan transportation planning services provided in cooperation with the Peoria/Pekin Urbanized Area Transportation Study (PPUATS), and projects which promote responsible land use management and protection of the environmental assets.