In October 2014, the Lake County Board adopted the sustainability chapter amendment to its Regional Framework Plan.
Lake County, Illinois is committed to promoting a sustainable environment that enhances its vitality and residents' quality of life. Lake County has demonstrated this commitment by adopting the promotion of a sustainable environment as one of the County's strategic goals, and its work toward that goal has included initiatives to increase energy efficiency, promote sustainable building practices, reduce waste, and perform water supply planning.
Located between Cook County, Illinois and the Wisconsin state border, Lake County benefits from an abundance of natural assets. Its strengths include over 29,000 acres of open space in the Lake County Forest Preserve District, as well as Lake Michigan along the County's eastern border. With help from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, the County has built upon its past efforts to create a Sustainability Chapter amendment to the Lake County Regional Framework Plan.
This Sustainability Chapter reflects the goals set forth in the Regional Framework Plan, advancing the County's strategic goal of promoting a sustainable environment. The planning process was formulated to involve County officials and staff, municipal representatives, and other stakeholders, ensuring that the end product reflects the interests of the County as a whole. The Sustainability Chapter offers policy recommendations to help the County achieve its sustainability goals, covering topics such as land use and development, transportation, water, waste, energy, open space, economic development, and more. The intent of the Sustainability Chapter is to guide decision-making in order to help Lake County realize its vision for a sustainable future.