Zoning is the way the City controls the physical development of land and the kinds of uses to which each individual property may be put. Zoning laws typically specify the areas in which residential, industrial, recreational or commercial activities may take place. For example, an R-1 residential zone might allow only single-family detached homes as opposed to duplexes or apartment complexes. On the other hand, a C-1 commercial zone might be zoned to permit only certain commercial or industrial uses in one jurisdiction, but permit a mix of housing and businesses in another jurisdiction. Besides restricting the uses that can be made of land and buildings, zoning laws also may regulate the dimensional requirements for lots and for buildings on property located within the city, the density of development, or even whether you can have certain animals. Some zoning ordinances also provide space for hospitals, parks, schools, and open space and still others protect places of historical significance within the community. In Pekin, zoning regulations are found in the City's Zoning Ordinance.

Petitions from property owners for site-specific modifcations of the zoning regulations are typcially referred to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).  The ZBA is authorized to grant variances from the adopted zoning code of the City to individual properties. Such variances are usually considered when enforcement of the zoning code would cause unnecessary hardships or practical difficulty.

If you have a question regarding zoning, re-zoning, special uses or variances, please contact the following person:
         Matt Fick, Zoning & Development Manager
         Phone: 309-478-5355

Planning Commission
This commission is made up of nine (9) citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to review all new projects, review and amend as necessary the planning and zoning codes, assign zoning classifications to areas, approve special use requests, and then make recommendations to the City Council. The Planning Commission meets every second Wednesday of the month, as needed, at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 111 South Capitol Street. Their recommendations are then presented to the City Council at the regularly scheduled meeting on the fourth Monday of the same month.

Planning Commission Members

Chairman, William Craig  Daryl Dagit
Vice-Chairman, Donald Hild Tim Bonnette
James Ruth Steve Thompson
Chris Deverman Amy Wilson
Ron Knautz 


Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)
This board is made up of seven (7) citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to review requests for variances to the city zoning codes. The board’s decision is forwarded to the City Council for consideration but final determinations on all variance requests are made by the City Council. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the second Wednesday of every month, as needed, at 5:00 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 111 South Capitol Street. Request for variance applications to be reviewed by the ZBA must be submitted no later than twenty-one (21) days prior to the scheduled meeting date in order to make that month's agenda.  Each completed application must be accompanied by site plans and check, cash, or money order in the amount of $85.00. Applications are to be turned in at City Hall at the Inspections Department counter.

A copy of the required residential variance application can be found here.

Zoning Board of Appeals Members

John Kennedy, Chairman Kim Joesting
Mary Lanane,   Michael Thompson
David Huskisson  Chris Lang