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Development Commission

What is the Development Commission?

The Hanover Park Development Commission is a public hearing body that makes recommendations to the president and the board of trustees. The Commission utilizes the Village’s Comprehensive Plan recommendations to provide long-term policy direction. It conducts public hearings on all petitions for zoning variations, special uses, planned unit developments, rezonings (zoning map amendments), text amendments, comprehensive plan amendments and subdivision requests. Commissioners listen to the public, the petitioner, and the Village staff. All meetings are open to the public.

A variance in a tool to relax certain regulations in particular cases.  For example, all side yards must be three feet wide.  However, this may be a hardship  because one or two lots might have a shape that was not consistent with the standard pattern.  Permission could be granted to depart from the standard rules.  "Practical difficulties" or "particular hardship" are generally the standards for approval. Note, not all variance requests may be granted.

Special use is a category of use (i.e., house, gas station, restaurant, etc.) proposed within a zoning district (residential, commercial, light industry, etc.) that does not meet standard requirements and which will require additional requirements.  A review ensures the design and location do not impinge greatly upon the predominant uses in the particular zoning district.


The Development Commission consists of seven members and three auxiliary members. The auxiliary members are appointed to make sure quorum is met in the case of absentee members. All members are appointed by the village president and confirmed by the board of trustees. One member is named by the village president as the chairperson and one as vice-chairperson. Regular members serve a three-year term and auxiliary members serve one-year terms. All members are residents of the Village of Hanover Park. They are trained, interested, or experienced in zoning and land use issues for development.

Development Commission Members:
  • Virginia Wachsmuth, Chairperson
  • James Aird, Co-Chair
  • Arthur Berthelot, Commissioner
  • Scot Neil, Commissioner
  • Gary Rasmussen, Commissioner
  • Joe Serauskas, Commissioner
  • Patrick Watkins, Commissioner
Development Commission Auxiliary Members:
  • Parthiv Patel, Auxiliary Commissioner
Village Board Liaison
  • Trustee Herb Porter
Staff Liaisons to the Development Commission
  • Shubhra Govind, Dir. Community & Economic Development
  • Jonathan Stytz, Assistant Staff Liaison
  • Tom Hatzold, Chief of Inspectional Services
  • Kathleen Arnold, Commission Secretary

     Meeting Dates and Times

The Development Commission meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM in Room 214 of Village Hall (2121 Lake Street).