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.