- Aug 18, 2017
Two active Chamber members were recently chosen to serve on the Northbrook Plan Commission. JoJo Hebl, attorney with Matlin Law Group and Mark DeBartolo, owner of Len Roofing and Remodeling. Hebl served on the Northbrook Stormwater Management Commission for six years and has been actively involved in the Northbrook Junior High parent organization. DeBartolo, a Northbrook resident since 2012, hopes to share his expertise from running a residential remodeling company to his new role.
The Plan Commission is comprised of nine members, and is chaired by attorney Marcia Franklin. In addition to Hebl and DeBartolo, attorney Jeff Sandler who served on the Plan Commission from 2006 to 2011 was also appointed for the same four year term.
The Commission is responsible for making specific recommendations to the Board of Trustees on development projects and other policies that affect economic development. It reviews specific development application requests for rezoning, special permits, subdivisions, and other variations and holds public hearings for public input and comment to help in the decision making process. Some of the issues that the Plan Commission is expected to take up according to Development & Planning Services Director Tom Poupard are:
- Consider changes to the downtown zoning code to encourage development
- Conduct an audit of the Comprehensive Plan and whether or not to make any amendments (every five years)
- Review parking options in the downtown
- Review of the proposed Heritage Woods assisted living facility at Shermer and Techny
- Consider proposals for redevelopment of Green Acres Country Club on Dundee Rd.
Both Hebl and DeBartolo credit the Chamber’s Leadership Northbrook program with inspiring them to pursue community service. Hebl noted that Leadership helped her understand the many inner workings of Northbrook and gain access to many community landmarks. “I’ve only lived here 13 years so I wouldn’t have the knowledge and perspective that I gained from Leadership that will now help with my service on the Plan Commission,” she says.
DeBartolo also acknowledged the value of taking Leadership. “I definitely knew I wanted to get involved after I took the class,” he says. The Chamber’s Leadership program gives participants an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Northbrook, including tours of Northbrook important landmarks and presentations from community experts about important topics such as Northbrook’s business climate, zoning, education, transportation, and civic and social service organizations.