Planning and Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Department maintains offices in both Village Hall and the Public Works Building.  The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for residential and commercial building inspection and Code enforcement.   Forsyth uses the 2006 International Building Code and the 2008 Electrical Code.

  • Administers the Zoning, Subdivision, Floodplain and Unified Storm Water ordinances that regulate land use in the Village.
  • Reviews permit and zoning applications, issues building permits and enforces the International Building Code for all new construction and remodel projects in Forsyth
  • Investigates alleged violations and complaints involving nuisances.

Why do we have building codes?
Building codes are designed to safeguard health and safety in every building.

Why do I need a permit to do this work?
By obtaining a permit, the local inspector oversees the work being done on the job site. Also work without a permit is illegal and can pose problems when you try to sell your house.

When do I apply for a permit?
A permit must be obtained before work begins.

If you have any questions about zoning or planning, please contact us at 877-9445 or you may contact us here.

Planning & Zoning Department Staff

The Planning and Zoning Department consists of the following key individuals:

  • Director of Public Works โ€“ Larry Coloni
  • Village Building Inspector- Linn Summers
  • Plumbing Inspector 
  • Electrical Inspector 
  • Village Clerk โ€“ Amy Goodman
  • Village Community & Economic Development Coordinator โ€“ 

Larry Coloni

Public Works Director, Parks & Grounds Supervisor

Larry Coloni has been employed by the Village since 1991. Larry has over 30 years professional experience in Water Treatment and Public Works, and is actively involved in many professional organizations such as the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association, Illinois Chapter, American Public Works Association, and the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association. Formally trained in the U.S. Air Force with some college classes, Larry oversees the maintenance of all Village streets, the water supply and distribution system, sanitary sewer system, park maintenance, building maintenance and storm drainage. As Director, Larry prepares the budget for the street, water, sewer, and parks divisions. In addition, he supervises and gives direction to all employees in the Public Works department. Larry and his wife Cindy raised their two sons in the Village, having lived in Forsyth since 1991.

Linn Summers

Building Inspector, Certified Water Operator

Linn has been employed with the Village since 1985, having been appointed to the position of Building Inspector in 1999. Linn is certified in one and two-family dwelling inspections, and is also certified as a property maintenance and housing inspector. Linn has been a member of the American Water Works Association for over 25 years and currently hold a Class A Public Water Supply Operator’s Certificate. As Building Inspector, Linn inspects all new and existing buildings and structures, issues building permits, sign permits, and certificates of occupancy.

 

Documents

Construction Standards Construction Standards (3002 KB)

Development Ordinance Development Ordinance (10745 KB)

Long Range Comprehensive Plan (2012) Long Range Comprehensive Plan (2012) (14428 KB)

Standard Operating & Public Hearing Procedures (2015) Standard Operating & Public Hearing Procedures (2015) (256 KB)

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