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Posted on: June 1, 2018

DPZ continues discussion on City Code regarding Membrane Structures


The Development, Planning and Zoning Committee (DPZ) met on May 29th to continue review of the City Code regarding membrane structures on residential properties.  

Committee Chairman, Michael Honquest started the discussion by addressing comments on the City’s sustainability practices explaining that the City does not restrict gardening or extending the growing season. The City currently allows greenhouses.  

Based on a referral made by two aldermen, the DPZ Committee is currently analyzing the different types of tools and practices that enable gardeners to extend the growing season. City Staff researched and presented mechanisms to extend the growing season, along with how other communities regulate temporary membrane structures. The international building code and local amendments were also discussed.  
The Committee came to an agreement that the different means of extending the growing season will need to be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The DPZ Committee recommended the Planning and Zoning Commission review include: Aesthetics including size, placement, building materials, and type and quality of construction, along with safety of use, limitations of use, permit requirements, and the impact on the neighborhood.  

Committee Chairman, Ald. Michael Honquest, Vice Chair, Alderman Noel Tallutto, and Alderman Mark Mulliner requested that staff prepare a draft report and draft Text Amendment Application for review at the June 11th DPZ Committee meeting.  

The DPZ Committee will decide if the report will move forward to City Council on June 11th at 7pm at City Hall (Council Chambers). Aldermen appreciate input from residents on this topic and take all feedback into consideration when making their recommendations. To voice your input, please email cityadmin@elmhurst.org.