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Village Moves To Strengthen Deerbrook Area

Deerfield Village Board advances zoning changes to spur retail use in Lake Cook corridor. Trustees also finalizes real estate levy upping property tax burden.

A plan to amend Deerfield’s zoning requirements to encourage retail use in the Lake Cook Road corridor took a step closer to reality Monday at the regularly scheduled Village Board of Trustees meeting.

The Board also finalized the Village’s portion 2012 real estate tax levy which will require the owner of a $500,000 home to pay approximately $77 more in taxes than was expended a year ago, according to Finance Director Eric Burk.

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“Almost all of this (the increase) reflects the Water Reclamation Plant debt service,” Burk said.

After the Board unanimously passed the 2012 property tax levy and a series of abatements reducing it by $1,387,226, the total aggregate levy for the Village and the Deerfield Public Library will be $9,222,542, according to Burk.

After an extensive effort in workshops and meetings, the Plan Commission unanimously sent to the Village Board changes in the zoning ordinance to encourage retail use at and other commercial buildings in the Lake Cook Road corridor.

“This will enhance opportunity for retail expansion as well as somewhat limiting expansion of non retail for larger store fronts,” Village Manager Kent Street said. Property owners will still have the opportunity to talk to the Village about other uses, according to Street.

The Board directed the Village staff to prepare an ordinance to memorialize the proposal. One of the effects of the change will be to keep buildings which have been retail continuing to generate sales tax.

“Borders could have not become a health center under the new ordinance,” Plan Commissioner Rob Nadler said.

Patch will have more detailed stories later this week on the proposed changes, the tax levy and other matters decided by the Board.

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Jon Hall December 18, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Apparently, the only trust a citizen of Deerfield can place in our village government is that their collective judgement, vision, capacity for planning and fiscal judgement...can't be trusted. That empty sign structure where Wildfire was is a blight. Meanwhile, Carson's Prime Steaks and Famous Ribs seems to be open and drawing diners ... and the sign looks good.
Tyler Durden December 18, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Aren't there any other songs in your jukebox of misery, Mr. Hall?
Jon Hall December 19, 2012 at 12:54 AM
That's not exactly a constructive response. Not at all what you ere elected, appointed, or hired to do. If you dislike being attacked for being a hypocrite, take action. We do have appearance standards here, and that empty sign structure where Wildfire was is an eyesore a sign of blight.
David Greenberg December 19, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Interesting that someone using the moniker "Tyler Durden" would speak of misery. I seem to recall that the Tyler Durden character was quite a bit tougher, but then again, we don't talk about Fight Club. :-)
Tyler Durden December 19, 2012 at 03:54 AM
My bad. I think I'm getting it now. No matter what the story is about, and no matter what our officials do right, lets use the opportunity to rant about whatever they've done that we don't like. Right?! Oh, and I'll try to remember that everything they do that I dont agree with is obviously a result of their incompetence, malice, or both. Right?! No way could they have a different but equally legitimate perspective! Lets get em!
Jon Hall December 19, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Tyler, you are a figment of your own imagination. That blight sign at the old Wildfire location is not a figment of my imagination. It's a symbol of selective enforcement, or neglect. If you have a better way to remind our village officials to enforce their own ordinances and appearance standards then I'll be watching for you on Channel 10. Or, perhaps as resulted with the "Singles?" lawn sign and the "Kennedy" campaign posters, the Wildfire stanchion will be brought up to code or removed before we hear from you..
Rich M January 01, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Woodfire, not Wildfire. If it were a Wildfire, it would still be open. Although it's Deerfield... so maybe not.

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