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Deerfield Moves To Strengthen Deerbrook Area

Deerfield Village Board advances zoning changes to spur retail use in Lake Cook corridor.

A plan to amend Deerfield’s zoning requirements to encourage retail use in the Lake Cook Road corridor took a step closer to reality Monday at the regularly scheduled Village Board of Trustees meeting.

After an extensive effort in workshops and meetings, the Plan Commission unanimously sent to the Village Board changes in the zoning ordinance to encourage retail use at and other commercial buildings in the Lake Cook Road corridor.

“This will enhance opportunity for retail expansion as well as somewhat limiting expansion of non retail for larger store fronts,” Village Manager Kent Street said. Property owners will still have the opportunity to talk to the Village about other uses, according to Street.

The Board directed the Village staff to prepare an ordinance to memorialize the proposal. One of the effects of the change will be to keep buildings which have been retail continuing to generate sales tax.

“Borders could have not become a health center under the new ordinance,” Plan Commissioner Rob Nadler said.

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