The village of Brookfield may soon start administrative processes to ensure all parks have appropriate zoning designations and stand on consolidated parcels.
“In general, the majority of park property within the village has incorrect zoning designations. And in many cases, parks contain multiple parcels of land,” said Village Planner Kate Portillo at the Oct. 9 committee of the whole meeting.
Updating the parks’ records has “fallen through the cracks” over the years or has been completed on a case-by-case basis, said Village President Michael Garvey. To ensure they are now updated, the village brought up the request to potentially consolidate parcels and complete map amendments to the village board. After discussion, trustees recommended the village’s administration take action.
Currently, nine parks are zoned for residential uses instead of parks and recreation uses. Simultaneously, four parks are formed by several parcels with their own property identification numbers. As a result, a single park has multiple property numbers. Ehlert Park has 62 PIN numbers.
This does not affect the operations of the parks but will ensure the parks’ property records are updated and in compliance with the village code. It will also help protect the uses of the parklands for the future, Portillo said.
Village staff will bring the map amendments request to the Planning and Zoning Commission in the near future. Additionally, it will start the process of consolidating multiple parcels. In total, it could cost the village about $3,000, Portillo said.
To make zoning amendments, the village will submit a petition for review of the planning and zoning commission, which will hold a public hearing before making a recommendation. The request then will return to the village board for approval.
With these amendments, all parks will be zoned for parks and recreation uses S-1 or S-2 as mandated by the village code. These could be completed by the end of this year or early next year.
To consolidate parks with multiple parcels into a single one, the village will complete consolidation surveys from a third party and complete Cook County paperwork. Once completed, it will record the consolidated property records with the Cook County Recorder’s Office. The process could take up to a year, Portillo said.