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Divisions
The Administration and Planning Division provides three major functions: Coordinating effective communication between the General Public and the other Divisions of the Will County Land Use Department through the Administration Section. Developing land use plans and ordinances and maintaining important land use and growth data through the Long Range Planning Section.
The Building Division is responsible for administering and enforcing both commercial and residential building codes and standards adopted by the Will County Board. The Division's main focus is issuing permits and performing inspections to ensure compliance with the adopted codes.
The Community Development Division strives to preserve, develop and improve the quality of life in our unincorporated neighborhoods and communities. The focus remains to maintain a balance between accessibility, livability, and affordability all within a healthy and safe environment. The Grants Section of the Division utilizes grant funds it receives from federal and state government sources to carry out various community development activities that also aide in providing decent housing, suitable living environments and more importantly improved community facilities and services focused on potable drinking water and sanitary sewer improvements. The Enforcement Section of the Division is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the property maintenance, building and zoning codes that aide in providing decent housing and a suitable living environment.
The Development Review Division, comprised of the Current Planning & Zoning group and the Subdivision Engineering group, has an important role in the development life cycle of both the man made and natural assets in unincorporated Will County by administering and implementing the Will County ordinances and adopted plans listed below. It also supports and assists the Land Use and Development Committee, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Will County Stormwater Management Planning Committee.
The Resource Recovery and Energy Division is a division of the Land Use Department, that responds to complaints, answers thousands of calls each year, presents information to over 10,000 children and adults, staffs booths at health fairs, community celebrations and more while also providing special collection events. In addition, the office assists municipalities and townships with curbside collection contracts and drop-off sites, helps schools expand their waste reduction and recycling efforts, works with businesses to improve their recycling and energy efficiency and offers a website filled with information on recycling, energy savings information and more.
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Land Use Department

Personnel of the Will County Land Use Department are charged by the County Executive and the County Board to serve as the citizens' land use stewards, providing guidance and assistance for the lifecycle development of the built and natural environments within unincorporated and, in some instances, incorporated portions of the County. The individual and collective efforts of Land Use team members accomplish this charge through efficient and effective planning, regulatory and procedural systems that are applied in a transparent, consistent, equitable and courteous manner.

Land Use Announcements

Will County Becomes first SolSmart Designated Community in State of Illinois!

In June, Will County became the first SolSmart designated community in the State of Illinois. SolSmart is a national designation and technical assistance program that recognizes leading solar communities and empowers additional communities to expand their local solar markets. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, SolSmart strives to cut red tape, drive greater solar deployment, and make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access solar energy to meet their electricity needs.

As a SolSmart Bronze designee, Will County is receiving national recognition for adopting programs and practices that make it faster and easier to go solar. Will County’s achievement was recognized at the NACo Conference in Columbus, Ohio at the Resilient Counties Forum on Sunday, July 23.

As part of the SolSmart program, all participating communities are eligible to request no-cost technical assistance from a team of national solar experts to help them achieve designation. The SolSmart technical assistance team is led by The Solar Foundation, whom will continue to assist Will County in pursuit of Gold Designation.

 

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Jack Morgan (Project Manager) of NACo (on right) and Chris Walker (Project Manager) of The Solar Foundation (on left) presented the SolSmart Bronze award to Samantha Bluemer, Energy & Conservation Specialist in the Resource, Recovery, and Energy Division of the Will County Land Use Dept. at the recent NACo (National Association of Counties) conference held July 21-24 in Columbus, Ohio. 

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