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5/12/22 Village of Frankfort Plan Commissioner Training

The Village of Frankfort held an APA-IL Plan Commissioner training session on May 12, 2022. Members of the Plan Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals, including a member sworn in that night, the Community and Economic Development Director, and the Senior Planner attended the session. Session topics included firmly understanding the roles and responsibilities of commission members as part of planning and zoning processes, reviewing findings of fact and codified standards for variations and special uses, and identifying what constitutes a conflict of interest for a commissioner. Kudos to the commissioners and staff for asking relevant questions and bringing local examples to the discussion.

The session was led by Tom Farace, AICP, Planning & Economic Development Manager of the Village of Carol Stream, and Phil Green, APA-IL Membership Committee Chair and the Transportation & Long-Range Planner for the Village of Hoffman Estates.

Thanks to Mike Schwarz, AICP, Village of Frankfort, for organizing the session.


Save-the-date for the 2022 APA-IL State Conference!

We're excited to be back in Chicago, IL at the Old Post Office, September 28-30, 2022 for our 2022 State Conference. This conference is our once-a-year opportunity for urban planners and allied professionals to learn about the latest trends in Illinois planning and network with their peers.

Each year we host our state conference, we offer the opportunity for plan commissioners to attend an all-day training. This year's all-day Plan Commissioner Training will be held on September 29th. This training is great for commissioners that have and have not been through our evening training. The training is split into a morning of general information, a networking lunch with fellow commissioners and trainers, an afternoon mock hearing to put your knowledge to the test, followed by an evening cocktail hour. Registration will be opening soon.

Want to know how we can customize training for your officials?

Visit the Plan Commissioner Training website and contact the APA-IL Planning Officials Development Officer, Michael Blue, FAICP at

Photo credit: Michael Schwarz, AICP


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