Carrie Houston, AICP Planning & Zoning Manager

Ms. Carrie Houston serves as the Planning and Zoning Specialist for the Village of Machesney Park.  The Planning and Zoning Division is an office of the Community Development Department.  Carrie is responsible for the administration of the Village’s Zoning and Subdivision Codes, she drafts Code amendments, completes site plan reviews and zoning clearances, and serves as staff support to the Village’s Planning & Zoning Commission and the Planning & Economic Development Committee.  Ms. Houston graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community & Regional Planning.  Prior to beginning with the Village in 2012, Ms. Houston worked in a similar capacity for Winnebago County, IL and Rock County, WI.  Ms. Houston is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2005.

Machesney Park’s Planning and Zoning Division works with residents, developers, and other Village departments to strive for orderly growth and redevelopment of the physical environment, while preserving a high quality of life for Village residents and property owners.

Staff works to ensure that proposed and existing land uses abide by the regulations adopted in the Village’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations, and are consistent with the goals and objectives which have been set forth in the Village’s Comprehensive Plan, by overseeing development activities taking place in the Village.  This includes site plan reviews and the regulation of structure sizes and locations, signage, parking and landscaping, subdivision plats, zoning map amendments, special use permits, and variance requests.  In addition, the Department regulates all development taking place in floodplain areas.

If you have questions regarding zoning or land uses within the Village of Machesney Park, please contact the Planning and Zoning Division of the Community Development Department at 815-877-5432.  Zoning-related permit and application forms are available below.

If you would like to e-mail Ms. Houston, please click here.


Zoning-related Permits

Permits and applications for zoning activities within the Village of Machesney Park can be found here.  Feel free to call the Village at (815) 877-5432 if you have any questions.

2022 Schedule of Public Hearings & MeetingsClick Here

Application for Zoning Petition – Click Here


Published Documents & Codes

Village Code Book (Entire)

Zoning Ordinance

Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan Community Survey

Subdivision Regulations

Flood Area Development

Village Zoning Map

Floodplain Recreation and Improvement Plan – Draft

Machesney Park Floodplain Recreation & Improvement Plan – Open House Invitation – March 16, 2021

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