Community Development Division

The Community Development Division, has both supported and itself undertaken several needs assessment activities within the past five years to provide a solid planning base for community development activities.

We Will Grow Community Garden Program

We Will Grow Food For All Program

Shorewood Horizon Development Community

Grant Administration

Will County, Illinois receives annual funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The CDBG funds are utilized for infrastructure improvements and to assist community development agencies. HOME provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use often in partnership with local nonprofit groups to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or home ownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. ESG funds can be used to provide a wide range of services and supports under the five program components: Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Rapid Re-housing, Homelessness Prevention and Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS).  CDBG, HOME and ESG receive oversight from an Advisory Board.

Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Division works to ensure public safety, health and welfare through code compliance.  Primary responsibilities include the following:

Investigating complaints related to County codes, including but not limited to the property maintenance code, building ordinance, zoning ordinance, and water resources ordinance. Notifying owners when their property does not meet County codes. Ensuring that appropriate corrections are completed.

If administrative compliance is not achieved, alleged violations may be referred to either Administrative Adjudication or the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Alleged zoning ordinance violations may also be referred to the Development Review Division zoning or building permit-related processes.

To submit a code compliance complaint, you may call 815-774-7890 or E-mail codeenforcement@willcountylanduse.com.