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

 

Green News, Tips & Fun Facts

Upcoming Green Events

Spring 2024 Recyclepalooza: Hazardous Waste, Electronics, Wood, & More Collection Event
Event's details
April 27, 2024-April 27, 2024

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


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. Wood, Scrap Metal, Foam and Donations of clothing, books, toys, cookware. Appointments taken through Friday at 9am. There is a limit of 2 TVs per vehicle, 15 gallons of paint, and ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and all residents of any communities partially within Will County. Volunteers needed.
 
 (April 27, 2024 08:00 AM - April 27, 2024 03:00 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
Compost Bin & Rain Barrel - Pick-Up May 9
Event's details
May 09, 2024-May 09, 2024

Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rain Barrels and Compost Bins are excellent ways to reduce and conserve in your home or at your office. Will County has partnered with The Conservation Foundation to offer these items. Place an order online by May 5 and pick-up on May 9 from the parking lot at The Conservation Foundation in Naperville.
 
 (May 09, 2024 09:00 AM - May 09, 2024 12:00 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
Compost Bin & Rain Barrel - Pick-Up May 10
Event's details
May 10, 2024-May 10, 2024

Time:08:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Rain Barrels and Compost Bins are excellent ways to reduce and conserve in your home or at your office. Will County has partnered with The Conservation Foundation to offer compost bins and rain barrels. Simply order online by May 5 and pick-up on May 10 from the parking lot of County Office Building in Joliet..
 
 (May 10, 2024 08:00 AM - May 10, 2024 01:00 PM)
Beecher Electronics, Hazardous Waste & Motor Oil Collection Event
Event's details
May 11, 2024-May 11, 2024

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

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, maximum 15 gallons of paint, and ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and all residents of any communities partially within Will County.
 
 (May 11, 2024 08:00 AM - May 11, 2024 03:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2024
Event's details
May 31, 2024-June 02, 2024

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.
 
 (May 31, 2024 09:00 AM - June 02, 2024 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2024
Event's details
May 31, 2024-June 02, 2024

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.
 
 (May 31, 2024 09:00 AM - June 02, 2024 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2024
Event's details
May 31, 2024-June 02, 2024

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.
 
 (May 31, 2024 09:00 AM - June 02, 2024 04:00 PM)
 
Will County Land Use Department
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58 E. Clinton Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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