Green Zoning and Building Code Project

Greening of the Will County Zoning & Building Ordianances 

Business Sustainability

Revised Will County Zoning Ordianace 


The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant provided funds for a consulting team - Duncan Associates, with the Lakota Group and Primera - to assist Will County in updating and greening the County's zoning ordinance.  The project was coordinated by the Land Use Department of the County Executive’s Office and the County Board’s Ordinance Review Subcommittee.  It included a comprehensive revision of the zoning ordinance which became effective October 1, 2012. 

The revised zoning ordinance either removes impediments to sustainability and energy conservation practices or offers encouragement for adopting such innovative development methods.  The revised zoning ordinance drew support from the Will County Farm Bureau, Three Rivers Manufacturers Association, the Will County Center for Economic Development and many others.


Examples of changes include the following:

  • Expanded administrative adjustment (variance) authority.  The changes reflect the authority granted by state law and will result in a greater number of minor matters being eligible for expedited processing as administrative adjustments.
     
  • Expanded Planning and Zoning Commission authority.  As a way to streamline the approval process, changes give the Planning and Zoning Commission authority to approve a much wider variety of variances, which could cut as much as 45 days from the typical process.

  • LEED-ND.  The ordinance outlines the incorporation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Neighborhood Development, into the Planned Unit Development process.  LEED-ND includes performance standards for certifying the planning and development of neighborhoods. The intent is to promote healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound practices in building design and construction.

  • Alternative energy sources.  Changes authorize and expand opportunities for voluntary utilization of wind, solar and geothermal energy sources.

The ordinance is available by clicking: http://www.amlegal.com/library/il/willcounty.shtml

 

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Green News, Tips & Fun Facts

Upcoming Green Events

2019 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection Event at County Building
Event's details
May 03, 2019-May 03, 2019

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in cooperation with Savers. This event will accept clothing, blankets, tablecloths, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 5:30am-9:00am Sample bags of compost will be given on Friday to those bringing textiles!
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Monee Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection Event
Event's details
May 11, 2019-May 11, 2019

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: , Monee, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. All participants are asked to make an appointment. Appointments will not be taken after NOON on Friday, prior to the event. There is a limit of 2 TVs per vehicle and ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and ALL residents of any communities partially within Will County.
 
 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Bluestem Festival 2019 at University of St. Francis
Event's details
May 18, 2019-May 18, 2019

Time:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL-IL


Something for everyone from children's activities to educational booths featuring heirloom plants, crafts and local honey, live music, and free ice cream. Over 90 exhibitors, workshops, activities, and live demonstrations. FREE SHREDDING 9am-Noon
 
 (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Document Destruction Event in Joliet 2019
Event's details
May 18, 2019-May 18, 2019

Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL-IL


Will County is providing a Document Destruction event on Saturday, May 18 at the University of St. Francis in Joliet as part of the Bluestem Festival. Residents are asked to bring confidential papers only between 9am and noon for on-site shredding. Residential materials only, no businesses.
 
 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2019
Event's details
May 31, 2019-June 02, 2019

Time:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Plicher Park Nature Center, Joliet, IL-IL


Residents are invited to bring books and magazines to share or recycle to this three day event at Pilcher Park in Joliet. This event is FREE of charge and a great place to find children's books as well as many more!. Plicher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL, 60432
Signs will be posted.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2019
Event's details
May 31, 2019-June 02, 2019

Time:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Plicher Park Nature Center, Joliet, IL-IL


Residents are invited to bring books and magazines to share or recycle to this three day event at Pilcher Park in Joliet. This event is FREE of charge and a great place to find children's books as well as many more!. Plicher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL, 60432
Signs will be posted.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2019
Event's details
May 31, 2019-June 02, 2019

Time:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Plicher Park Nature Center, Joliet, IL-IL


Residents are invited to bring books and magazines to share or recycle to this three day event at Pilcher Park in Joliet. This event is FREE of charge and a great place to find children's books as well as many more!. Plicher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL, 60432
Signs will be posted.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Shredding offered by State Officials
Event's details
June 15, 2019-June 15, 2019

Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Troy Craughwell Elementary School, Joliet, IL-IL


Residents are invited to bring sensitive documents with confidential information to be shredded on Saturday at Troy Craughwell Elementary School from 9am to noon. This event is being offered by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and State Representative Natalie Manley. It is free and open to the public.
 
 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
 
Will County Land Use Department
Will County - Land Use Department - Resource Recovery & Energy
58 E. Clinton Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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