Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Principled planning professional with over 20 years of experience. Skilled in leading community development activities and operations at the local government level with expertise in planning, zoning, building, and economic development. Respected by coworkers and known for providing high level service to constituents.

Work History/Roles & Responsibilities
Interim Senior Planner - Village of Algonquin, 03/2020 to Current
Columbia Forest ProductsOld Fort, NC,
  • Assisted with Village economic development program focused on Algonquin Road and Randall Road commercial corridors, newly revitalized downtown district, and growing 100+ acre corporate campus
  • Developed and implemented action plan to support the business community in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Village Of Glencoe, 05/2001 to 06/2019
Various Roles:City, STATE,

1) Community Development Administrator, 2018-2019

2) Planning & Development Administrator, 2013-2018

3) Community Development Analyst, 2001-2013

Served the Village of Glencoe over an 18-year period in progressively senior roles, including:

Managed Building & Zoning Division:

  • Oversaw day-to-day operations encompassing the following functions: planning, zoning, building, permitting, inspections, code enforcement, forestry, and historic preservation
  • Led successful transition to an outsourced model for all building and fire/life safety plan reviews and inspections
  • Managed Village contracts for outsourcing and directed the work performed by consultants for land planning and plan review/inspections
  • Directed and assigned work to administrative staff performing front-line building permit operations
  • Assisted with annual budget preparation, forecasting, and monitoring
  • Integrated technology into a culture reliant on paper-based records. This included an ERP configuration and relaunched Village website

Administered Zoning and Village Code Regulations:

  • Advised residents, commercial real estate brokers, design professionals, business owners, and Village officials on technical and complex zoning, building, municipal code regulations, laws, and standards
  • Served as principal point of contact for development inquiries, including applicants pursuing design review, subdivision, zoning variations, special use permits, and historic landmark status
  • Managed pending applications through the required review/approval process from start to finish
  • Administered enforcement of Village codes and ordinances pertaining to land use, building/zoning, property maintenance, tree preservation, building permits, escrow deposits, and construction site management
  • Reviewed sophisticated architectural plans, drawings, specifications, and calculations for compliance with Village regulations

Provided Ongoing Expertise and Support to Village Boards and Commissions:

  • Served as assigned staff expert to the Plan Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Contextual Design Review Commission, and Sustainability Working Group
  • Collaborated with chairpersons of public bodies on pending matters, special assignments, and referrals from the Village Board
  • Prepared staff reports, meeting minutes, ordinances, public notices and made formal staff presentations at public meetings

Interfaced with Business Community:

  • Provided hands-on assistance to new and existing businesses as a key member of the Village’s Business Services Team
  • Implemented business-friendly initiatives, including quarterly Business Before Hours networking breakfasts and streamlined review/approval processes to advance strategic priorities of the Village Board
  • Assisted with relaunch and rebranding of the farmers market leading to increased participation and attendance
  • Served as ex officio Village staff member on Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Led Outreach Activities:

  • Collaborated routinely with senior staff from the Library, Park District, School District, and Chicago Botanic Garden to implement community projects
  • Assisted with planning and design phases of capital development projects for the Village Hall renovation ($950K), Public Safety Department renovation ($489K), and Village Court parking lot reconstruction
  • Recruited art conservation specialist to repair and restore Frank Lloyd Wright-designed entry markers within the Ravine Bluffs subdivision. Oversaw restoration work over a three year period
Project Planner, 05/1999 to 04/2001
Planning Resources Inc.City, STATE,
  • Served as Village Planner for Bloomingdale, Itasca, and Winfield
  • Prepared zoning and land use policy recommendations
  • Prepared comprehensive plans for Fox Lake, Winfield, and Darien
Accomplishments/Areas of Expertise
  • Downtown Planning - Played key role in three year planning process with the Glencoe Plan Commission and community branded as the Downtown TuneUp. The product of the endeavor - The Downtown Plan - was adopted unanimously by the Village Board in 2016 providing short and long term recommendations for land use regarding public and private property
  • Economic Development - Served as lead Village staff representative on the development team for the proposed $34 million, 36,000 square foot Writers Theatre. A special use permit was approved by the Village Board in 2013 allowing for construction and development of the theatre designed by Jeanne Gang, Principal of Studio Gang Architects. In February 2016, the award-winning, LEED-Gold theatre opened its doors and now welcomes 60,000 visitors to its Downtown Glencoe location each year
  • Development of New Land Use Ordinances - Member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team in Glencoe that developed new ordinances regulating: (1) subdivision & consolidation; (2) impervious surfaces; (3) development on steep slopes; (4) downtown planning; and (5) design review. Played a key role in developing staff-led, innovative regulations, which were all adopted unanimously by the Village Board
  • Historic Preservation/Architecture - Led multi-year effort to identify, research, and catalogue Glencoe structures of historic and architectural significance with the aid of an architectural historian and members of the Historic Preservation Commission. The culmination of work was showcased on the Village Website as an interactive Story-Map of 300+ structures used for educational, community building, and preservation purposes
  • Urban Design - Worked with the Glencoe Plan Commission to overhaul the Village’s 1976 design guidelines for its business districts and to streamline the review process for design review applications. Additionally, contributed to the design of special streetscape treatments as a member of the Tudor Court Stakeholder Focus Group for an emerging arts corridor in Downtown Glencoe. The design concept for Tudor Court was approved by the Village Board in 2019 and construction will commence in 2020
  • Sustainability - Led multiple sustainability initiatives in coordination with various Glencoe public bodies. Two reports with recommendations were produced in 2009 and 2013 and various special events were organized, including a “green” expo, a facilitated goal setting session, and panel discussions hosted by the Plan Commission
Master of Public Administration: Local Government Management, Expected in 1999
Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL
Bachelor of Science: City, Community, And Regional Planning, Expected in 1996
Iowa State University - Ames, IA
  • American Planning Association
  • Landmarks Illinois
  • Municipal Design Review Network

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School Attended

  • Northern Illinois University
  • Iowa State University

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  • Interim Senior Planner - Village of Algonquin
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  • Project Planner


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