Community Development

Village of Northfield, IL FY2023-24 Approved Budget


The Community Development and Building Department consists of a multi-disciplinary team of in-house and contract professionals responsible for Northfield’s planning, code enforcement, economic development, engineering, stormwater management, GIS, tree preservation, design review, signage, and health inspections. In addition, they are responsible for the review, issuance, and inspection of all construction plans to ensure compliance with the Village Code, including the Zoning, Subdivision, Building, Stormwater, Property Maintenance, Health, Fence, Signage, and Tree Preservation provisions. These regulations, combined with the goals and objectives of the 2040 Vision Plan, serve as the tools the Department employs to ensure the development of the highest possible quality while promoting orderly and balanced patterns of community growth. The Department also serves as the staff liaison to the Plan and Zoning Commission, Architectural Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Preliminary Plan Review Committee.

Significant Goals & Objectives

  • Update the Zoning Code to reflect the recommendations of the 2040 Vision Plan.
  • Administer the property maintenance code to ensure strong property values and minimize the adverse impact of foreclosures.
  • Foster a culture of compliance with local codes to ensure the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare of our citizens.
  • Foster a culture of accountability, efficiency, and transparency.
  • Explore innovative programs to maintain current service levels at reduced costs.
  • Further economic development through the implementation of the 2040 Vision Plan. Work with businesses to enhance the Village's business environment.
  • Emphasize best storm water management practices via diligent code enforcement, assistance to property owners with flooding concerns, participation in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, and public education.

Staffing Summary

Performance Indicators

Fiscal Year 2023-24 Highlights

The Community Development Department budget contains the following notable items:

  • The Department changed from a fully outsourced building inspector to a combination part-time in-house building inspector, along with an outsourced technical inspection team. To reflect this, the budget line item for "Technical Services" was decreased and the "Salaries" and "Benefits" increased.
  • The "Engineering" line item increased substantially due to an increase in permit applications and a new consulting engineer. The Department continues to explore options for engineering services to minimize costs and ensure out-of-pocket expenses are being fully covered by the permit fees and escrow accounts.

Community Development Expenditures

Community Development Expenses for Fund/Dept 01-02