With updated zoning codes, Evansville board questions camping

Zoning changes, whether or not a couple could stay in a camper on property they owned, and tree trimming took up most of the discussion at the July 9 Evansville Village Board meeting.

Zoning Administrator/Code Enforcer Mark McConachie noted that the zoning board had held three public hearings and had met with Frank Heilgenstein of Illinois Codification Services to discuss changes to the village’s zoning codes. Before the board was a set of updated ordinances that the zoning board was recommending.

Most changes are due to changes in state statute or to reword to match state and federal law,” he explained. “Some of it is just clarifying or putting it where it belongs in the code book.”

While the work on updating the village’s codes is not complete yet, this gives them a good start. McConachie added that with these revisions approved, Heilgenstein can get the ordinances uploaded onto the village’s website where they can easily be referenced, as well as keyword searched. In addition, with this foundation set, in the future they can alter the codes as needed.

It’s not perfect yet, but it’s easier to understand,” McConachie stated. “There are still things I question in there, but this is a start.”

For more from the Evansville Village Board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.