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Yes. In September 2020, the Plan Commission adopted new public hearing protocols to ensure the health and safety of participants. The new protocols, which can be found here, allow for remote participation in public hearings in order to comply with gathering restrictions issued by the State of Illinois.
Under the remote public hearing protocol, Petitioners will present their entire case before questions and comments from the general public are accepted. Only Plan Commissioners and established Interested Parties will be able to question a witness directly after individual testimony. See question "Will the public have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments on the case" for information on how and when questions and comments from members of the public will be received and heard.
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Haymarket is requesting approval for a planned development by special use with exceptions and Class I approval of a Site Plan in order to permit a mixed-use residential and healthcare facility and other accessory uses in the B-2 Community Business District at 860 W. Irving Park Road. If approved, the former Holiday Inn – Itasca property would become a site for Haymarket Center DuPage. Haymarket has launched a website dedicated to Haymarket Center DuPage at www.haymarketdupage.com.
Evening public hearings generally run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The public hearing may be continued to future dates until testimony is concluded and members of the public have an opportunity to be heard.
On December 4, 2019, the Plan Commission continued the meeting. In late December, litigation, initiated by the Petitioner, resulted in an extended delay through mid-March when the case was dismissed by a DuPage County Court. Plan Commission hearings were temporarily suspended in late March due to COVID-19.
The Itasca Plan Commission resumed small scale Public Hearings in July 2020. In August 7, 2020, Haymarket submitted supplemental documents, which required review prior to moving forward. In addition, the Village needed to acquire and implement equipment and technology necessary to facilitate large scale remote public hearings.
To adhere with County and State Regulations on Public Gatherings, in-person access to the meetings will be limited with priority given to required participants such as: Village Staff, Plan Commissioners, Petitioners and Interested Parties. There may be a limited number of seats available for members of the public.
Members of the public are highly encouraged to watch the hearing on-line. The Village will be live streaming the meeting on YouTube. The link will be available on the day of the meeting at the Village’s meeting page for Haymarket.
Should you wish to be considered for in-person attendance at the Public Hearing, you must pre-register in advance. Attendees will selected on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is available. Click here for more information on registration.
Yes. Both the petitioner and the Village have agreed to follow the pre-COVID format for the questioning of these witnesses. Once questioning for Dr. Lustig concludes, the new public hearing protocols will be in effect, with public questioning occurring after all remaining testimony have been presented.
If you have not asked a question of Dr. Lustig and would like to do so, please click here. Please note, those who have already asked a question at a previous meeting will not be allowed to submit new questions.
Yes. Anyone wishing to ask a question or provide comment should review the Step-by-Step Guide to the Public Hearing Process.
During Public Questioning, citizens are provided an opportunity to ask the Petitioner or Interested Parties questions about the information presented. Questions submitted by the public will proceed following the conclusion of the presentation of cases.
Following Public Questioning is Public Comment. This time is reserved for members of the public to express their opinions or make general statements to the Plan Commission regarding the matter.
The public is highly encouraged to submit written questions/comments in lieu of live questions/comments. Questions or comments submitted remotely will carry the same weight as those presented during a meeting.
Members of the public may also sign up in advance of the hearing to ask live questions and state public comments over the phone. All members of the public wishing to provide public comment or to ask a question, must pre-register with the Village, at least two hours prior to the meeting. However, any new documents that will be referenced during public comment or questioning should be provided to Village staff no less than five days before the Plan Commission meeting, so that these documents may be made available to the Plan Commissioners, petitioner, interested parties and the public.
Persons who choose to participate live will be permitted to ask a question or comment via phone at the appropriate time during the public hearing. Live questions and comments will be considered separately in the order in which the registration is received.
“Interested Parties” are those individuals or entities which have a special interest, above and beyond the interests of the general public. Individuals or entities must apply to be recognized by the Plan Commission as an “Interested Party.” Please refer to Section V on Page 2 of the Plan Commission Public Hearings Protocols During COVID-19 for Larger Hearings to see the definition of an “Interested Party.” The deadline to register to be considered an Interested Party was October 23, 2020.
The Plan Commission has tentatively set aside the following dates for the continuation of the Public Hearing if needed: October 28, November 4, November 11, December 2 and December 9. At the conclusion of each meeting the date to which the meeting has been continued will be announced.
As required under section 5 ILCS 120/2.02 of Illinois Open Meeting Act, the Village will post all agendas 48 hours prior to a meeting on the Village’s Agenda Center. You can sign up for agenda notifications here.
No. The Plan Commission makes recommendations to the Village Board, who will be the final authority on whether or not the petition is approved or denied. The Village Board will not begin its consideration of this petition until the Plan Commission has made its recommendation.
No. While members of the public have the ability to comment at Village Board meetings, the law provides that the Plan Commission is the authority that conducts the public hearing, where evidence may be submitted, and the record is created.
The Village will live stream the meeting on YouTube. The link will be available on the day of the meeting at the Village’s meeting page for Haymarket.
Anyone who experiences technical difficulties will have an opportunity to make a technology objection before the Plan Commission makes their final decision.
Technology objections are any objections to the Plan Commission’s proceedings based solely on the failure to access the hearing due to a failure of technology (i.e., internet failure, inability to log into the meeting, etc.). Within seven (7) calendar days of the meeting at which the proofs (the evidence and testimony) is closed, members of the public must submit in writing to email@example.com or Village of Itasca, Community Development Department, 550 W. Irving Park Rd., Itasca, IL 60143, explaining in detail any technology objection. The petitioner, any interested party, or the Village may respond to the technology objection by three (3) calendar days before the next Plan Commission meeting. The Plan Commission shall hear any technology objections submitted in the interim at its next meeting and, at that point, either reopen proofs or move to a final recommendation to the Village Board.