NORTHFIELD — Village Council has scheduled another public meeting June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall to seek input on a proposal to create a commercial overlay district along the Route 8 corridor.

Legislation has been proposed to permit businesses located on Route 8 which abut R-1 zoned property to purchase and utilize up to 120 feet of additional property to the rear of their properties for additional parking, landscaping and buffer zones.

The B-2 highway business district runs from Vincent south on the west side of Route 8 and from Summit south to Magnolia on the east side. New buildings would not be permitted in the additional 120-foot zones.

Residential property owners within the 120-foot zone would not be required to sell to an adjacent commercial entity, but could sell if terms are agreed upon by both parties.

Commercial property owners would have to go through a village review process before being approved to utilize the additional land for parking, landscaping and buffering.

Village officials say the proposed legislation is intended to facilitate new economic development and aesthetic improvements to commercial properties in the Route 8 corridor, thus increasing property values, enhancing tenant units and attracting quality property owners and tenants.

In addition, the ability to expand the depth of these properties would provide additional parking where needed, increase green space and permit aesthetic and landscaping improvements in both the front and rear of the buildings.

Based on public input at a previous meeting on the matter, additions were made to the proposed ordinance, including that all parcels used within the 120-foot zone must be contiguous to a commercial property without any residence in between.

Also, the ordinance now gives the planning commission flexibility when approving an overlay district site plan to allow the buffer landscaping to be planted on the residential or commercial side of the fence or both, based on circumstances of the development and input from an adjacent residential property owner.

Landscaping requirements were enhanced with respect to the time frames for having to remove and replace dead trees and plants.

The current version of the proposed ordinance can be viewed at, then clicking on the "government, Council minutes and May 23, 2018 agenda" headings, or it can be picked up at Village Hall.