Land Use & Housing

Land-use policies establish the pattern of development and redevelopment of public and private property throughout a community.  Policies that guide housing affect accessibility, energy demand, affordability, and access to opportunities for a community’s residents.  Other land-use decisions can impact the balance of biodiversity, access to and consumption of environmental resources, GHG emissions associated with mobility, and the climate resilience of a community. 

  1. 2023 Q4 Sustainability Plan Progress

    Village staff throughout the organization are working together to implement the strategies of the updated Skokie Environmental Sustainability Plan adopted by the Village Board in 2022. Learn about 2023 Q4 progress. Read on...
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Implementation is for Everyone!

Some actions in this plan will need to be led by the 
Village Board, Village departments, and/or the business community. In addition, there are steps that households and individuals can take to make an impact.   Click below to find out out the what you as a resident can do to help the Village achieve these visionary goals.

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Land Use & Housing Strategies

Below are the specific Land Use & Housing goals outlined in the 2022 Environmental Sustainability Plan. Clicking on one of them will display the list of actions to be incorporated into the Village's workplans. They are broken down into completed, in-progress, and future and progress is updated quarterly.

Future Actions

  • Assess the community's affordable housing needs and determine how housing for low and moderate income households can become sustainable in accordance with the Sustainability Plan.
  • Identify underutilized paved areas and incentivize conversion to sustainable green space or infill development. Conversion focus should take into consideration neighborhood's green space, heat island mitigation, affordable housing, and bike/walk mobility needs and prioritize site utilization based on addressing the greatest needs at each site as determined through appropriate engagement with the community, particularly people traditionally under represented.
  • Study ability to construct accessory dwelling units in Skokie and potential to increase rental and home ownership opportunities compatible with both established neighborhoods and new development. Specific consideration should be given to utility service placement and parking requirements.
  • Explore “market development” strategies, which would remove barriers for small-scale retail and essential services like daycare centers
  • Study the usage of a Sustainability Development Incentives such as density bonuses or creation of an expedited review process for development projects that have mixed-used zoning (residential, retail, and office uses) and which meet sustainability goals of this plan.
  • Reconsider Village parking requirements and establish revisions which support the goals of this plan such as reducing overall parking requirements, establishing parking maximums, elimination or reduction of parking minimums, establishing minimum EV and bike parking requirements or incentives. Particular focus should be given to the Transit Oriented Development areas within a ¾-mile radius of train station and transit stops. Incorporate bicycle parking requirements in commercial districts.

Questions about the Land Use and House sector? Please send an email to Sustainability@skokie.org.