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Planning & Zoning: Board of Appeals

Peoria County's Zoning Board of Appeals consists of 7 members and 2 alternate members, appointed to 5 year terms by the County Board. The ZBA holds regularly scheduled public hearings monthly through the year. These hearings begin at 9:00 am and are held in Room 403 of the Peoria County Courthouse.

The purpose of the ZBA is to hold public hearings for the consideration of the requests to vary from requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, and to evaluate petitions for Special Use cases, Rezoning cases, and Appeals of Zoning Administrator decisions.  The Zoning Board of Appeals conducts their hearings according to the Rules of Procedure.

Helpful informational links to approved Zoning Board yearly calendars, Monthly Agendas, and Approved Minutes are below:

ZBA Calendar

ZBA Agendas

ZBA Minutes

Zoning Board of Appeals Process and Action

Step One: Pre-Application Conference

Contact the office to set up an initial conference with a planner.  Setting up a specific day and time ensures that the appropriate person will be available to help you when you arrive.  Scheduling your visit also helps to avoid potential long waits or unavialibility of staff that are able to assit with filing a petition.  

Step Two: File Application

Applications must be completed and filed with a site plan by a date to be determined by staff. This initiates the process.

Step Three: Staff Report

Peoria County Planning and Zoning staff will prepare a report which reviews the Rezoning or Special Use request and provides a recommendation to the ZBA. This recommendation is based on a comprehensive evaluation that considers the proposal's potential impact on the environment, transportation system, and surrounding uses.

Step Four: ZBA Public Hearing

Public Hearings begin at 9:00 am and are held in Room 403 of the Peoria County Courthouse. The hearing provides an opportunity for the petitioner to state their case and for objectors to voice their concerns. Involved parties will be notified of the scheduled hearing time prior to the date of their hearing.

Step Five: ZBA Deliberation

The ZBA will deliberate on the case, taking into consideration staff's recommendation, if provided, along with the information presented by the petitioner and any objectors at the public hearing. New information is not allowed to be presented at this stage of the process. The ZBA will make final determinations on variances, and provide recommendations on Rezoning and Special Use cases. Should a variance petition be denied, the applicant would have the right to appeal that decision to the Circuit Court.

Step Six: Land Use & Infrastructure Committee

The Land Use & Infrastructure Committee will review Special Use and Rezoning cases and forward a recommendation to the County Board.

Step Seven: County Board

Special Use and Rezoning cases will go before the full County Board on the specified date for final action. If denied, the petitioner has the right to appeal the decision to the Circuit Court.

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