Copyright 2016. Village of Woodridge. All rights reserved.
Village Planner Jason Zawila in the
Community Development Department at
630-719-4750 or email@example.com
OPENING YOUR BUSINESS IN A COMMERCIAL SPACE
Whether you have grown out of your Woodridge home-based business or are looking to move your business into one of the Village’s commercial corridors, there are several factors to consider. Finding a location for your business is a big decision, and as a business owner you will have a number of things to consider when assessing the viability of a particular location.
SITE SELECTION TIPS
Prior to signing a lease or purchasing property, you should contact the Community Development Department at 630-719-4750 to confirm that your business use is permitted at that location and to discuss any site limitations. If you are contemplating leasing or purchasing an existing space or building, Village staff are also available to meet with you to determine whether improvements are necessary (for which you would need a building permit) to bring the building into compliance with the Village Code.
Zoning: The Village has several different zoning districts, each of which permit certain businesses. The easiest way to determine whether your business is a permitted use at a particular location is to contact the Village at 630-719-4750. Our staff will assist you in making this determination and, if the site’s zoning is incompatible with your desired use, we can direct you to other locations in the Village where your business may be permitted.
Utility and Infrastructure Considerations: To determine whether the site you are considering is able to meet your infrastructure and utility needs, contact the associated service provider (Helpful Links Section) or the Community Development Department at 630-719-4750 for assistance.
Road Access: Certain businesses generate more traffic than others, and you want to select a site with roadway infrastructure that can handle the traffic generated by your employees and customers. Please contact the Community Development Department at 630-719-4750 for more information regarding locations with appropriate road access for your business.
Natural Resources: Natural resources include the overall site terrain, soil, trees, vegetation, animal life, and wetlands. Many of these natural resources are protected, which can affect development of the site. For example, you may be required to submit applications to various governmental entities verifying that no endangered species exist on the site. If you have questions or concerns regarding natural resource issues, you should contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or the Community Development Department at 630-719-4750 for assistance.
Employee Transportation Options: Businesses should also consider how their employees will get to the site. For businesses whose employees may require the use of public transportation, it’s important to consider the location and frequency of public transit service. The Village’s primary source of public transportation is the Pace Suburban Bus System, which has over 240 routes that serve more than 220 communities in the six-county area.