Welcome to 3rdWard.org, a website dedicated to communication and transparency between Des Plaines City Government and you. This website, maintained by 3rd Ward Alderman Denise Rodd, is designed to keep neighbors engaged in their community and informed about issues.


Trash Pick Up Delayed One Day

Trash will not be picked up on Monday, November 26 as Republic Services is without power due to the storm. Pick up will resume on Tuesday, November 27, and will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.


Blue Sky on October 15th Council Agenda

City Council will hear the Blue Sky Residence proposal on its October 15th agenda at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. This is the second time Council will vote on the item (the first time being denied in July 2017) after changes were made to the proposal. New Conditions of Approval were added by the City since the September 17th meeting when the item was tabled by Council's request for more information:

4. A deed restriction shall be recorded against the subject property limiting the tenancy of the development to people 62 years and older.

5. The development on the subject property may only be used for multi-family residences and shall not be used as assisted living, congregate housing, a transitional treatment facility or any other permitted or conditional use in the zoning district, without first applying for an amendment to the PUD and any other zoning relief that may be required.

The packet for the meeting can be downloaded here. The section for this agenda item includes the addition of the full market analysis report and the Blue Sky performa detailing revenue, expenses and cash flow over the next 10 years.




Preview New Development/Zoning Plan for DP on Thursday


Council Postpones Blue Sky

Aldermen voted on Sept. 17 to postpone the vote on the PUD and zoning change for the proposed Blue Sky Development on North Avenue. The market analysis in the agenda packet was incomplete, and Council wished to have the full packet of information as well as questions answered about market demand for age-restricted, independent housing. The item will be back on the agenda Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m.


Blue Sky Returns to PZB

On August 28, 2018, the Des Plaines Planning and Zoning Board will hear the petitioner, Dan Pontarelli, propose "Blue Sky Residence." This is the age-restricted apartment building proposed last year that the Council denied. The petitioner is submitting again with changes. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall. It is third in the agenda, so will be heard last.

Here is the description:

Section 12-3-7 of the 1998 City of Des Plaines Zoning Ordinance, as amended, to reclassify the properties from the M-2 General Manufacturing District and the R-1 Single-Family Residential District to the R-3 Townhouse Residential District; and A Preliminary Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the Blue Sky Residence residential PUD under Section 12-3-5 of the 1998 City of Des Plaines Zoning Ordinance, as amended, and a Tentative Plat of Subdivision, under Section 13-2-1 of Subdivision Regulations of the City of Des Plaines Municipal Code, to allow for the construction of a 67-unit, two- and three-story, age-restricted (62+) apartment building with 68 surface parking spaces and 66 in-building parking spaces, with a requested PUD exception from the R-3 Townhouse Residential Zoning District standards under Section 12-7-2(J) of the 1998 City of Des Plaines Zoning Ordinance, as amended, for 2,310 square feet of lot area per dwelling unit, instead of not less than 2,800 square feet.
PIN: 09-17-103-031-0000; -041; -042; -044; -045; -048
Petitioner: Daniel Pontarelli, 1204 E. Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Owner: Robert & Patricia Lonze, 946 North Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60016; Scotland E. Hodlmair & Noreen R. Hodlmair, 654 Arlington Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60016



Lawn Chair Ward Meeting on June 6, 2018

Sunsets at Prairie Lakes are fantastic, and we have some bike/pedestrian access updates to discuss. Bring your lawn chair (and bug spray) to Prairie Lakes Community Center at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesay, June 6, 2018. We'll meet near the main entrance, in the grassy area just to the left of where the bike/walk path begins.


What's in store for DP's future? Read the 2022 Strategic Plan

I'm proud to introduce the new Strategic Plan that carries Des Plaines into 2022.

The City of Des Plaines introduces its Strategic Plan for 2022, a new and dynamic roadmap toward an even more exciting future. As we honor Des Plaines’ 182 year history and all of the contributions made by its residents, businesses and community leaders, we build on past and recent achievements to take our City to the next level. The City of Des Plaines remains committed to utilizing the most progressive, sustainable and efficient service delivery and partnering to create a high quality of life with those that choose to call Des Plaines home.

Download the 10-page plan here to view details of the policy direction the Council plans to take.


New Website for Pantry!

Visit the newly redesigned website for the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines by clicking here.

The Pantry has been serving Des Plaines residents since 1971. Visit the website to learn of donation hours and urgent needs, client hours and registration info, and more. 


2018 Ward Meeting Schedule

The Third Ward meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Lakes Community Center on the following dates unless otherwise noted:

February 14

April 11

June 13

August 8

October 10

December 12


Council to Discuss Back Yard Hens

The discussion of whether to change the ordinance to allow back yard hens in Des Plaines will take place at the City Council meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Experts Ed Fuhrman and Jennifer Murtoff will be at the meeting to provide facts, dispel myths and answer questions.

Mr. Furhman is a Technical Trainer at Great Lakes Naval Air Station and founder of Chicago Land Urban Chicken Keepers - Round Lake Area. He is a long-time area advocate for sustainability and self-sufficiency and has lectured extensively on the topic of back yard hens in urban environments.

Jennifer Murtoff is a consultant for homeowners and organizations interested in setting up and maintaining back yard hens. She has worked with Heartland Housing, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center, and the Oscar Mayer Magnet School. She has taught classes and served as a guest speaker at local conservatories and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Public comment is encouraged. If there is consensus from Council to allow back yard hens, they will direct staff to draft an ordinance to be presented for a vote at the August 21 Council Meeting.