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How to Petition the City for Planned Unit Development

The Joliet Zoning Ordinance provides for a special type of zoning approval which may be granted in any of the zoning districts and which is called Planned Unit Development (PUD). Under the provisions of the PUD section (Sec. 47-15A.8 of the Zoning Ordinance) the City may grant approval for specific development plans which include variation from the strict requirements of the district zoning regulations. A planned unit development must meet certain criteria for superior design and site planning, and the application process is as follows:

  1. Applicant meets with the Community Development Department or Planning Division to discuss the proposed development and PUD requirements.

  2. The PUD process involves two steps: preliminary and final submissions. Applicant prepares and files a preliminary planned unit development application with the following supporting materials at least 27 days before the Plan Commission meeting:

    1. 15 copies of a preliminary site plan showing existing conditions, as well as proposed (similar to a preliminary plat), with topography, proposed grading, location of buildings, utilities, drainage, and right-of-ways.

    2. 3 copies of preliminary engineering plans for extension of utilities, public improvements, and drainage.

    3. Elevations and floor plans of proposed buildings.

    4. Landscaping plans.

    5. Written material to include: phasing of PUD, scope of development, financial plan, marketing plan, and ownership of open space. Fifteen copies will be required of any material larger than 8 1/2" x 14". Download Petition [PDF]

  3. Staff reviews preliminary submission at Community Design Review Board meeting. Applicant is urged to attend this meeting.

  4. Staff prepares report to Plan Commission.

  5. Plan Commission holds a public hearing on the request and makes a recommendation to the City Council. 

  6. City Council reviews the request and acts on recommendation.

  7. Applicant files for final planned unit development approval with the same supporting materials as above, only in final form (15 copies of final PUD required). A cost estimate and 3 copies of final engineering plans are required at this stage in a PUD.

  8. Staff reviews final planned unit development at Community Design Review Board.

  9. Plan Commission holds a public hearing on request and makes a recommendation to the City Council.

  10. City Council acts on recommendation of Plan Commission subject to the receipt of performance bond or letter of credit for public improvements, 1 1/4 percent inspection fee, and irrevocable offer of dedication.

  11. City records PUD after receipt of conditions noted above.

  12. Applicant shall begin construction of all on-site development of a PUD within 36 months of Council approval.

  13. Applicant may request a two-year extension of PUD approval after review of progress with the Plan Commission.

  14. Any minor revision to an approved planned unit development, such as additional house plans, locations of buildings, etc., may be approved by the Plan Commission at a Study Session of a regular meeting without a public hearing or City Council action.

Estimated time from receipt of petition to City Council action 45 - 60 days.

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