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Posted on: May 16, 2018

DPZ begins discussion of City Code regarding Membrane Structures

The Development, Planning and Zoning Committee (DPZ) met on May 14th to begin the initial review of the City Code regarding membrane structures on residential properties.  

Elmhurst Building Code Amendment Section 2 #46.3102.0 currently states, “Membrane Structures shall not be permitted.” Municipal Code Chapter 22.42 – Regulations for specific uses (c)(2) “A mobile home and temporary tents and membrane structures shall not be permissible as an accessory building.”  

A referral was made by two aldermen to the DPZ Committee to review the code regarding membrane structures. The referral was made after a case regarding an accessory garden structure was brought to the attention of the City’s Code Inspectors. The structure commonly referred to as a “hoop house” was determined by the City to be in violation of code.  

Committee Chairman, Michael Honquest outlined the City’s process to change code. After a referral is made to DPZ, the Committee discusses the topic and decides whether or not a recommendation should be made to City Council to direct the Zoning and Planning Commission to review the code. If the topic is put before the Planning and Zoning Commission, a public hearing is held, and the recommendation of the Commission is then sent back to the DPZ Committee for review. The Committee then presents their recommendation to City Council for final approval.  

An overview of accessory uses, required setbacks and coverage requirements in residential districts was also provided.  

Committee Chairman, Ald. Michael Honquest, Vice Chair, Alderman Noel Tallutto, and Alderman Markl Mulliner requested that City Staff provide additional information on hoop houses, greenhouses, conservatories and any other means to extend the growing season. Staff was also asked to provide information on how other communities handle temporary membrane structures.  

Mayor Morley emphasized how important it is for the DPZ Committee to explore all options of extending the growing season so that if the topic is put before the the Zoning and Planning Commission, the commission will have enough information to make a proper recommendation.  

The DPZ Committee will continue this discussion on May 29th 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.    


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