Village of Bannockburn, IL
Lake County
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This document shall be known and may be referred to as the "Bannockburn Zoning Code."
This code is adopted pursuant to the authority granted to the Village by the Illinois Municipal Code for the following purposes:
A. 
Overall purpose. The overall purpose of this code is to implement and foster the goals and policies of the Village's Comprehensive Plan. The intent of this code is to preserve Bannockburn's community character through regulations designed specifically for that purpose. This code should provide a means of maintaining the distinctive character which provides the Village with its identity and serves as a needed contrast to surrounding suburban development in the region.
B. 
Land use patterns. The purposes of this code related to land use patterns are to:
(1) 
Preserve the rational pattern of land uses that has been established in the Village and encourage the most appropriate consistent use of individual parcels of land in and around the Village; and
(2) 
Encourage and promote detached single-family homes on large lots as the principal land use in the Village; and
(3) 
Encourage compatibility between different land uses; and
(4) 
Protect the existing residential, business, office, and other areas of the Village from the encroachment of incompatible uses; and
(5) 
Provide for the gradual elimination of nonconforming uses that adversely affect the character and value of permitted development; and
(6) 
Secure adequate natural light, clean air, privacy, a safe environment, and convenience of access to property; and
(7) 
Promote and protect the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the Village.
C. 
Development scale. The purposes of this code related to development scale are to:
(1) 
Preserve the community character of the Village, which is unique to the greater metropolitan area of which the Village is a part; and
(2) 
Limit the bulk and density of new and existing structures to preserve the scale of development of the Village; and
(3) 
Encourage the preservation and enhancement of natural features and resources and aesthetic amenities.
D. 
Public infrastructure. The purposes of this code related to public infrastructure are to:
(1) 
Facilitate the most efficient use of existing and planned public facilities and utilities; and
(2) 
Protect existing public facilities and utilities from being overloaded due to excess development; and
(3) 
Protect all Village streets from degradation by nonresidential traffic; and
(4) 
Reduce congestion and promote safety on streets and highways by limiting traffic generation through the control of land use intensity; and
(5) 
Protect and enhance a pattern of quiet rural roads intended for limited residential access and not intended to be integrated into neighboring street systems or regional roadway networks; and
(6) 
Maintain the residential character of Village streets through the preservation of narrow cartways and enhancement of the landscaped visual corridors; and
(7) 
Avoid or lessen the hazards of flooding and stormwater accumulation and run-off; and
(8) 
Encourage development in all districts that is consistent with the predominantly low-density, countryside character of the Village and its consequent limited public service capabilities.
E. 
Justifiable expectations and taxable value. The purposes of this code related to justifiable expectations and taxable value are to:
(1) 
Protect and respect the justifiable reliance of existing residents, business owners, and taxpayers on the continuation of existing, established land use patterns; and
(2) 
Protect and enhance the taxable value of land and buildings in the Village.
F. 
Administration. The purposes of this code related to administration are to:
(1) 
Define the powers and duties of administrative officers and bodies necessary to administer this code; and
(2) 
Establish procedures for the efficient and effective use of the provisions of this code; and
(3) 
Establish standards for the review of applications filed pursuant to this code; and
(4) 
Prescribe penalties for the violation of the provisions of this code.