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.

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

CDBG/HOME Notice of Funding Availability

March 1, 2018

58 E. Clinton Street, Suite 100 • Joliet, Illinois 60432
815/774-7904 • Fax: 815/774-7895

Will County anticipates receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) Consortium funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the period of October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019 (PY 2018) and is presently accepting proposals for CDBG Public Service and HOME grant funds.

The 2018 Will County CDBG Public Service Applications and HOME Consortium applications are available and can be obtained electronically on the Will County Land Use Department’s website: http://www.willcountylanduse.com

CDBG Public Service Funds:
All CDBG Public Service project applications must meet a national objective of benefiting low/moderate income residents. CDBG regulations allow the use of grant funds for a wide range of public service activities, but not limited to employment services, health services, senior services, and homeless services. CDBG funds may be used to pay for labor, supplies, and material as well as to operate and/or maintain the portion of a facility in which the public service is located. This includes the lease of a facility, equipment, and other property needed for the public service. All Public Service applications for continued funding on existing projects must, at least, maintain the current level of service provided by the project. Detailed information is contained in the application. CDBG Public Service funds are limited and projects will be ranked and awarded based upon a competitive application process.

HOME Consortium Funds:
The HOME Consortium with the City of Joliet and the Village of Bolingbrook was formed in 2016. Projects funded with the City of Joliet HOME allocation will be administered by the City but the applications will be reviewed by the Consortium and should be submitted using the HOME Consortium application. The Village of Bolingbrook does not have an allocation, but by joining the Consortium, HOME eligible projects within the Village limits are now eligible for funding. HOME projects are developed to assist the Federal Government’s commitment to providing decent, safe, and affordable housing for low income Americans and to alleviating the problems of excessive rent burdens, homelessness, and deteriorating housing stock nationwide.

The HOME Consortium is interested in increasing the supply of quality affordable housing throughout Will County and is requesting proposals for:

  1. The development of affordable housing for homebuyers, and
  2. The development of affordable housing for renters (including group homes)

Development of homebuyer housing or rental housing can be new construction or rehabilitation of existing housing. The beneficiaries of the housing units must be low income households earning less than 80% of the Area Median Income.

The HOME program requires a 25% match, therefore all proposed development projects need to have at least 25% local match identified. Examples of what can be used for match are included in the application. Applications for all such projects will be ranked and awarded based upon a competitive application process.

CHDO Proposals:
There is a special provision of the HOME Program Rule that requires the Will County HOME Consortium to set aside a portion of its HOME funds for organizations that are designated as Community Housing Development Organizations, CHDOs. A CHDO can receive funding for affordable housing activities such as rental housing production or development of home ownership opportunities. Certified CHDOs are eligible to apply under this special earmark for projects that provide affordable housing to low-to-moderate income people.

Organizations interested in becoming a CHDO must meet certain requirements pertaining to its legal status, organizational structure, and capacity and experience in order to be certified as a CHDO and should attend the application workshop prior to submitting an application for HOME/CHDO funds. Once certified as a CHDO, a CHDO must recertify annually until the HOME assisted unit is out of the Affordability Period which may be as long as 20 years depending on the type of development project funded. Organizations that do not meet the CHDO qualifications may also apply for development projects under regular HOME funds.

For those applicants who would like more information on the grant programs, eligibility of activities and application requirements, we are offering a workshop on March 29, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (1:00p-2:15p CDBG and 2:30p-4:00p HOME/CHDO) at Will County Land Use Department located at 58 E. Clinton, Joliet, IL, 60432.

All applications are due Friday May 4th by 4:30 p.m. Please call for details/directions and to RSVP for the workshop with Martha Sojka by email msojka@willcountylanduse.com or (815) 774-3364.

Disclaimer: The timing for notification and award amounts for the CDBG and HOME grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development are currently unknown as are the allocation amounts. The current funding levels are estimated based on the previous year allocation. Actual funding allocations and availability is contingent on the final entitlement amount authorized by Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development and therefore, not guaranteed at this time.

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