Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Practices Incorporated in Will County's New Zoning Ordinance

The Will County Board approved a new zoning ordinance, replacing one that is 35 years old.

Renewing Will County, a project which began in February 2011, culminated Thursday with the approval of a new comprehensive zoning ordinance that includes a focus on energy efficiency and sustainable practices. The ordinance covers unincorporated parts of Will County.

The ordinance, which also addresses items such as independent housing for elderly relatives and noncomforming structures, includes a focus on alternative energy souces, authorizing and expanding opportunities for voluntary utilization of wind, solar and geothermal sources.

The ordinance incorporates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND, in the Planned Unit Development process. It includes performance standards for certifying the planning and development of neighborhood, with an eye on promoting healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound practices in building design and construction.

Will County Executive Larry Walsh is pleased that the ordinance approved on Thursday reflects all the hard work put in by members of the Land Use Department staff and the County Board's Ordinance Review Subcommittee. The ordinance will take effect Oct. 31, replacing one which was 35 years old.

For additional information, go to www.renewingwillcounty.com.

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Jason July 20, 2012 at 06:13 PM
155-9.10-A. An adult entertainment establishment may not be located within 3,000 feet of a pre-existing school, day care center, cemetery, public park, forest pre-serve, public housing, religious assembly use, or residential dwelling unit. 155-9.10-B. Any adult entertainment facility lawfully established before and operating on June 19, 2008 that is in violation of the regulations of Sec. 155-9.10-A is deemed a nonconforming use. The nonconforming use is permitted to continue for a pe-riod not to exceed 2 years, unless sooner terminated for any reason or voluntari-ly discontinued for 30 days or more. The nonconforming use may not be in-creased, enlarged, extended or altered except that the use may be changed to a conforming use. If 2 or more adult entertainment facilities are within 1,000 feet of one another and otherwise in a permissible location, the adult entertainment facility that was first established and continually operating at a particular loca-tion is the conforming use and the later-established adult entertainment facility is the nonconforming use. Does this mean the Crazy horse will be no more? It is within 3000 ft of a daycare or will they just shut down for 30 days then re-open. I have no intent on ever going to the crazy horse I am just trying to see what local businesses are on the hitlist....
jamiev July 20, 2012 at 07:37 PM
All I know is that it means I can now legally have a few chickens and honeybees in my yard. This is awesome!
Jello July 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
NOTE TO SELF: go buy some chickens and honeybees. bzzzz-the bee's know
Jason July 23, 2012 at 04:19 PM
You could have before.
Jason July 23, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Also, how many more goon like figures will be hired as inspectors because of this bill...


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