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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Upcoming Green Events

New Lenox Recyclepalooza: Hazardous Waste, Electronics, Wood, & More Collection Event 2018
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September 08, 2018-September 08, 2018

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: , New Lenox, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. All participants must make an APPOINTMENT. 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)
Wilmington Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection Event
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September 15, 2018-September 15, 2018

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


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. All participants must make an APPOINTMENT. 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)
Homer Glen Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection Event
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September 29, 2018-September 29, 2018

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: , Homer Glen, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. All participants must make an APPOINTMENT. 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)
 
Will County Land Use Department
Will County - Land Use Department - Resource Recovery & Energy
58 E. Clinton Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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