LANSING, Ill. (September 22, 2023) – Lansing’s code of ordinances serves as a legal document that outlines and regulates various aspects of community life within the Village. Its purpose is to establish clear rules and standards for issues like zoning, property maintenance, public safety, entertainment, ensuring order, safety, and the overall well-being of the Village of Lansing. It provides a framework for local governance and promotes consistency and compliance with local laws and regulations.
Changes can be made to the code of ordinances when the Village Board votes to adopt a new ordinance amending some part of it.
According to Municode, a website where Lansing’s code can be found in its entirety, three changes were made to the code since the beginning of August, 2023. Those ordinances are listed below, with context given in italics:
- Ordinance No. 23-030 (Adopted 8/15/23)
- AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF LANSING AMENDING ARTICLE II OF CHAPTER 8 OF ITS MUNICIPAL CODE ISSUING A CLASS 1 LIQUOR LICENSE TO SSNDL, INC. DOING BUSINESS AS RHOYAL BISTRO (2352 172nd STREET)
- Class 1 liquor licenses are considered “general” licenses and are described in the Lansing code as “Permitting the retail sale of any alcoholic liquor for on-premises consumption only, either with or without meals, and either at a counter or tables.” Prior to this amendment, 15 Class 1 licenses were allowed in Lansing. This amendment changes the number to 16, and issues a Class 1 license to Rhoyal Bistro, which is planning to open a restaurant at the former Outriggers location at 2352 172nd Street.
- Ordinance No. 23-032 (Adopted 8/15/23)
- AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF LANSING, COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS, AMENDING CHAPTER 56 OF THE VILLAGE OF LANSING CODE OF ORDINANCES REGARDING ZONING PROCEDURES, USES, AND REGULATIONS
- This ordinance includes a list of changes to the Lansing code concerned with property zoning. The changes include:
- Allowing the development director to review, approve, or deny minor zoning variations
- Allowing the Village Administrator to assume the duties of the development director if such a person doesn’t exist. Currently in Lansing, the development director position doesn’t exist, meaning Administrator Dan Podgorski serves in that capacity.
- Additional language and clearer criteria for the granting of special use permits
- Additional criteria for exterior lighting, outdoor seating, truck parking, and signs
- Definitions for the terms “cigar lounge,” “banquet facility,” “community hall,” “event venue,” and “building line”
- Additional guidance on how to submit a site plan to the Village
- Ordinance No. 23-033 (Adopted 9/5/23)
- AN ORDINANCE OF THE VILLAGE OF LANSING AMENDING SECTION 2-138 (“MEETINGS-REGULAR”) OF ARTICLE VI (“BOARD OF TRUSTEES”) OF CHAPTER 2 (“ADMINISTRATION”) OF THE LANSING MUNICIPAL CODE RELATED THE TIME OF THE REGULAR MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
- For years, Village Board meetings were held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. After changing the time to 6 p.m. for the summer meetings, Trustees voted unanimously to permanently change the meeting time to 6 p.m. The dates of meetings remain the same.
Lansing Village Board meetings are held at the Lansing Courtroom Complex at 2710 170th Street. Learn everything you need to know about attending Village Board meetings by watching the video below: