The Planning and Zoning Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
   A.   Drafting Of Comprehensive Plan:
      1.   To prepare and recommend to the City Council a Comprehensive Plan for the present and future development or redevelopment of said City and contiguous unincorporated territory not more than one and one-half (11/2) miles beyond the corporate limits of the City and not included in any other municipality. Such plan may be adopted in whole or in separate geographical or functional parts, each of which, when adopted, shall be the Official Comprehensive Plan, or part thereof, of the City. Such plan shall be advisory, except as to such part thereof as has been implemented by ordinances duly enacted by the City Council. All requirements for public hearing, filing of notice of adoption with the County Recorder of Deeds and filing of said plan and ordinances with the Municipal Clerk shall be complied with as provided for by law 1 .
      2.   To provide for the health, safety, comfort and convenience of the inhabitants of the City and contiguous territory, such plan shall establish reasonable standards of design for subdivisions and for resubdivisions of unimproved land and of areas subject to redevelopment in respect to public improvements, as herein defined, and shall establish reasonable requirements governing the location, width, course and surfacing of public streets and highways, alleys, ways for public service facilities, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, street lights, parks, playgrounds, school guards, size of lots to be used for residential purposes, stormwater drainage, water supply and distribution, sanitary sewers and sewage collection and treatment. The requirements specified herein shall become regulatory only when adopted by ordinance.
   B.   Changes To Comprehensive Plan: To recommend to the City Council, from time to time, such changes in the Comprehensive Plan, or any part thereof, as may be deemed necessary.
   C.   Designation Of Annexations: To designate land suitable for annexation to the Municipality and the recommended zoning classification for such land upon annexation.
   D.   Recommendation Of Specific Improvements: To prepare and recommend to the City Council, from time to time, plans and/or recommendations for specific improvements in pursuance of the Official Comprehensive Plan.
   E.   Direction Of Projects: To give aid to the officials of the City charged with the direction of projects for improvements embraced within the Official Plan, or parts thereof, to further the making of such improvements and generally to promote the realization of the Official Comprehensive Plan.
   F.   Public Relations: To arrange and conduct any form of publicity relative to its activities for the general purpose of public understanding.
   G.   Cooperation With Other Agencies: To cooperate with Municipal or regional Planning Commissions and other agencies or groups to further the local planning program and to assure harmonious and integrated planning for the area.
   H.   Appeals: The Planning and Zoning Commission shall pass upon all appeals provided by ordinance and from the Building Commissioner/Zoning Officer on any orders, requirements, decisions involving questions of Zoning, Building, Building and Construction Codes, subdivision or other determinations and permits and hear and decide all matters involving water, sewer, street variances in the City, solely in instances where there is evidence of practical difficulty or peculiar hardship in the enforcement of the strict letter of the law.
   I.   Statutory Powers: To exercise such other powers germane to the powers granted under authority of an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois entitled Illinois Municipal Code approved May 29, 1961, and effective July 1, 1961, and as amended, as may be conferred by the City Council. (Ord. 2019.01, 5-6-2019)



1. 65 ILCS 5/11-12-5.