Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for all building, planning and economic development functions within the City of Loves Park. This department guides development from the time that property owners decide to develop their property in Loves Park, through the construction phase, and follows the maintenance of properties after buildings are occupied.

Community Development also reviews building permits applications before construction begins to ensure all construction meets our current code.  Loves Park building inspectors inspect buildings under construction to make sure they are safe and meet minimum standards.  Once buildings are occupied, code enforcement officers make sure all properties are well maintained and conform with the property maintenance code.

Feel free to contact the Community Development Department with any questions regarding these codes or planning issues at (815) 654-5033.

Contact Information
Name Office Phone About
Steve Thompson
Director of Community Development & Public Works / Building Official
(815) 654-5033 Email | Bio
Nathan Bruck
Economic Development & Planning Manager
(815) 654-5033 Email | Bio
Barbara Schwengels
Administrative Assistant – Public Works
(815) 639-2510 Email | Bio
Fax Number – Community Development Department (815) 654-5004  
Available Downloads


2019-2020 Annual Facility Inspection Report Download File
2018-2019 Annual Facility Inspection Report Download File
2020 River Lane Reconstruction Plans Download File
2020 River Lane Reconstruction FAQ’s Download File
2019 Young At Heart Parade Application Download File
Comprehensive Plan
This document is the City’s “Blueprint to 2037”
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Loves Park City Municipal Code
Unsure what the rules and regulations are in Loves Park? Look through the City Code here.
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Plat Submittal Requirements Download File
Public Safety Study – January 2018 Download File
Real Estate Combination Request Form Download File
Subdivision Plat Review Procedure Download File
TIF Assistance Policies and Application Download File
Zoning & Planning Fees Download File
Zoning Ordinance
Regulations for zoning, building setbacks, parking requirements, and more.
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Loves Park-Machesney Park Enterprise Zone Application Download File
Riverside Boulevard Corridor Study – 2011 Download File
Forest Hills TIF Redevelopment Plan & Project -2014 Download File



Interactive Capital Improvement Program Map
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