It can be hard to get current on the ground realities to mesh with a town’s once-in-a-generation Comprehensive Plan and its rarely revisited zoning ordinance. That’s the situation in River Forest right now.

The village board has, in recent years and on a one-off basis, approved several new developments which exceed height restrictions as specified in the zoning code. We’ve supported those decisions. Now, though, with a Comprehensive Plan update nearing completion, the village board is conflicted on whether that document ought to reflect the greater heights recently permitted.

We say yes. And further, River Forest should not long delay a more substantial review of zoning so that reality, the Comprehensive Plan, and the zoning laws are in sync. 

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