Green Zoning and Building Code Project

GREENING OF THE WILL COUNTY ZONING & BUILDING ORDINANCES

Business SustainabilityREVISED WILL COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE
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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Upcoming Green Events

2016 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 02, 2016-May 06, 2016

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 ccoperation with USAgain. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, 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
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2016 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 02, 2016-May 06, 2016

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 ccoperation with USAgain. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, 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
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2016 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 02, 2016-May 06, 2016

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 ccoperation with USAgain. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, 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
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2016 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 02, 2016-May 06, 2016

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 ccoperation with USAgain. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, 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
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2016 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 02, 2016-May 06, 2016

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 ccoperation with USAgain. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, 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
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Fountaindale Public Library Shredding Event
Event's details
May 21, 2016-May 21, 2016

Time:11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Fountaindale Public Libary, Bolingbrook, IL-IL


Will County residents are invited to bring up to three boxes of personal papers and documents to observe the on-site mobile shredding process. Papers include: Medical records, Legal papers, Canceled checks, Bank/financial statements, Credit card statements or offers, All shredded paper will be recycled.

 
 (11:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Document Destruction Event in Joliet 2016
Event's details
May 21, 2016-May 21, 2016

Time:10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location: University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL-IL


Will County is providing a Document Destruction event on Saturday, May 21 at the University of St. Francis in Joliet as part of the Bluestem Festival. Residents are asked to bring confidential papers only between 10am and 1pm for on-site shredding. Residential materials only, no businesses.
 
 (10:00 AM - 01:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event
Event's details
June 03, 2016-June 05, 2016

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!.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event
Event's details
June 03, 2016-June 05, 2016

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!.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event
Event's details
June 03, 2016-June 05, 2016

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!.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 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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