November 8, 2021 Minutes

Village Plan Commission

Meeting Location – Village Hall

 175 Water Street

November 8, 2021


Present: Village President Mary Kay Wlezen, Deputy Clerk Marilyn Diede, Village Engineer John Whitehouse. Village Attorney Peter Wilson attended the meeting remotely.   

Open the Meeting:   Plan Chairman Kyle Goldworthy opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Roll Call:  Plan Members:  Colin Stephens, Jill Caldwell, Brian Rapier, Michael Loos and Kyle Goldsworthy were present.

Plan Member Curtis Olson attended remotely.

Guests:  Amanda Stephens.


A quorum was established for tonight’s meeting.


Approval of the October 12, 2021 Plan Commission Meeting Minutes. Plan Member Brian Rapier made a motion to approve the October 12, 2021 Plan Commission Meeting minutes and Plan Member Colin Stephens seconded the motion.  Ayes:  Plan Members:

Brian Rapier, Colin Stephens, Jill Caldwell, Curtis Olson and Kyle Goldsworthy.  Abstain:  Plan Member Michael Loss.  Five ayes, one abstention, motion carried.


Discussion on Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP): Village President Mary Kay Wlezen reported the Steering Committee for CMAP will be meeting on Wednesday this week. The Committee should be receiving the draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan for review. It will be forwarded to the Plan Commission.

Village Engineer John Whitehouse stated once the Plan Commission receives the draft, it is the Plan Commission duty to review it at a meeting and determine when you want the Plan to go to Public Hearing. The Plan Commission will hold the Public Hearing.  He said the Plan Commission can propose changes to it, present to the Public as is, make changes to it afterwards or you can propose Amendments to the draft text in a Plan Commission meeting before the Public Hearing.  The Public Hearing will be published in the newspaper no more or less than 15 days prior to the Public Hearing.  It would probably be held on one of the Plan Commission regular meeting nights. The Public Hearing will probably be held at Elgin Community College (ECC) Burlington campus.  Depending on how much there is, the Hearing can go more than one evening.


Once the Plan Commission has taken all public comment and the Public Hearing is closed the Plan Commission will deliberate at a regular meeting and determine if you want to make any amendments to the draft based on public comment.  Once any changes have been made you will make a recommendation to the Village Board.  The Village Board can take all of the Plan Commissions recommendations under advisement and decide if they want to add or subtract from it. It may take as long as six months from the time the Plan Commission gets the draft. The first review will be at the December Plan Commission meeting.


Discussion on Amending the size of sheds allowed in Burlington:  Village Engineer John Whitehouse gave a background on what the Zoning Ordinance states in regards to storage sheds in Residential Districts.  Currently allowed is up to 200 square feet. There have been quite a few suggestions from residents to increase the size. The Code requires the same architecture as the home and no medal sheds.  In a preliminary discussion with the Village Board it was suggested to have the maximum amount be dependent on lot size. Engineer Whitehouse suggested 3% of the lot size.  The code also has a maximum lot coverage in all zoning districts. All driveways, sidewalks,

patios and buildings cannot exceed 45% of the lot area. In order to change what is currently in the code the Plan Commission would have to do a text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance. The Plan Commission would hold a Public Hearing for a Text Amendment.


 Engineer Whitehouse explained the difference between a detached garage and an accessory building.  Engineer Whitehouse said one issue in Burlington is homes are limited by septic systems. Discussion followed.


Engineer Whitehouse went over Section 21.407 H which discusses accessory buildings which includes detached garages and carports. It discusses heights, size and doors to the accessory building. Each Plan Member gave their thoughts on what they would like to see in regards to sheds and accessory buildings.

With Plan Commission Consensus Engineer Whitehouse was directed to draft changes to Paragraph H of the Code.  Engineer Whitehouse went over the steps in getting this changed. It will be discussed at the December Plan Commission meeting. He said the Public Hearing would be no earlier than January 2022.


Discussion on chickens in Burlington:  Engineer Whitehouse said if the Plan Commission wanted to allow chickens in Burlington it would also be a Text Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance.  Guest Trustee Amanda Stephens went over Elburn’s Ordinance in regards to chickens. She went over the conditions and restrictions.   She said St. Charles and Geneva also allow chickens.


 It was noted a family in Burlington does have chickens right now and they say it is to help their autistic child. The Village is aware of it and hasn’t addressed it yet.


Engineer Whitehouse explained a little bit about the current Village code.  This would be a Text Amendment in certain Zoning districts.

Discussion followed.  Each Plan Member gave their thoughts in regards to having chickens which included a couple of Plan Members who have had chickens in other towns and their experiences.


Village Attorney Peter Wilson said he has a memo of common things often found with chicken Ordinances. Village Clerk Christine Jones will forward the memo and the Elburn’s Chicken Ordinance to all the members for them to look over.


Guests:  No comments.  


Motion to Adjourn the Meeting:  Plan Member Brian Rapier made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Plan Member Jill Caldwell seconded the motion.  Ayes:  Plan Members:  Brian Rapier, Jill Caldwell, Colin Stephens, Curtis Olson, Michael Loos and Kyle Goldsworthy.  Six ayes, motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Marilyn Diede

Deputy Clerk