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Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments: Home Baking Operations

May, 27, 2020

The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. to consider amendments to the Village's Zoning Ordinance related to home baking operations.

Public Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of River Forest, Cook County, Illinois, on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. by telephone audio conference and / or in the First Floor Community Room of the River Forest Village Hall, 400 Park Avenue, River Forest, Illinois. Pursuant to the Illinois Governor’s Executive Orders and disaster declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical attendance at the public hearing may not be available, or may be limited to no more than 10 individuals, with Zoning Board of Appeals members, staff and consultants having priority over members of the public. Public testimony and comments regarding the subjects of the public hearing may be made by telephone during the hearing, and written public testimony and comments submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals before the hearing will be entered into the public hearing record. You may submit your public testimony and comments via email in advance of the public hearing by 12:00 pm on Thursday June 11, 2020 to Assistant Village Administrator Lisa Scheiner at You may listen to the hearing and participate by a telephone conference call as follows, dial-in number: 1-312-626-6799 with meeting id: 861 1999 2667. If you would like to participate over the phone, please contact Assistant Village Administrator Lisa Scheiner by telephone at (708) 714-3554 or by email at by 12:00 pm on Thursday, June 11, 2020. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider the following text amendments to the Village’s Zoning Ordinance:

Additions and amendments to the definition of “home occupations” in Section 10-3-1 regarding “home kitchen operations,” as defined in Section 3.6 of the Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act, 410 ILCS 625/3.6. Additions and amendments under consideration include whether to heighten, or lessen, the requirements for a home kitchen operation to operate as a home occupation, including whether a special use permit must first be obtained and whether performance standards for this use will be modified and / or added.

The additions and amendments to the Village of River Forest Zoning Ordinance include, but are not be limited to, those described above, and such other regulations as the Zoning Board of Appeals and/or Village President and Board of Trustees may determine are appropriate.

The petitioner for the Text Amendments is the Village President and Board of Trustees. 

This public hearing is being held pursuant to direction given by the Village President and Board of Trustees for the Zoning Board of Appeals to consider these amendments, for additional information visit

All interested persons will be given the opportunity to be heard at the public hearing. For public comments to be considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals and Village Board of Trustees in their decision, they must be included as part of the public hearing record at the hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

For further information or for a copy of the proposed text amendments, please contact Assistant Village Administrator Lisa Scheiner at (708) 714-3554 or at or click here


Clifford Radatz

Secretary, Zoning Board of Appeals