Issues: Land Use
Position in Brief
The League supports development of a comprehensive land use policy for Illinois that provides for orderly growth while preserving the environment, conserving natural resources and providing needed open space.
The State should identify, plan for and have the final authority over key and critical areas within the state. Standards and guidelines for land use should be developed by the State with local governments making purely local decisions. At every stage there should be citizen input.
The State should plan for adequate supplies of low and moderate income housing with every community providing a percentage under some kind of fair share plan. The League favors regional planning agencies with mandatory and continuous funding from local, regional and state sources. The League supports state enabling legislation for development impact fees.
On July 11, 2008, Governor Blagojevich cut $14 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) budget. This agency has already lost nearly a quarter of its staff from budget cuts and hiring freezes since 2001. According to the Illinois Environmental Council, the cut could mean the loss of 163 critical staff positions from across eight divisions of the agency that will have a long-term negative impact on Illinois' environment.
The cuts went into effect on Thursday, July 24, 2008. The environmental community is asking the Governor to hold off on the cuts until the veto session and commit to passing a supplemental bill to refund the $14 million. We must protect the natural heritage of our Prairie State.