Public Input Sought for Orland Park’s Water Conservation Code

Public Input Sought for Orland Park’s Water Conservation Code
Posted on 02/16/2012

The Village of Orland Park plays a leading role in environmentally sustainable practices and initiatives. It boasts the nation's first LEED Gold Certified police headquarters, as well as many organizations, agencies and individuals committed to sustainable economic development aware of human and environmental needs. The village works with these businesses and individuals through a number of its green initiatives, all part of Smart Living Orland Park. In 2009, Orland Park created its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Municipal Action Plan (ECOMAP) to reduce the amount of energy used by the community.

A key goal of Orland Park's ECOMAP is to educate and provide information to major water consumers on water conservation. The village has now partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to tailor the 2010 CMAP Model Water Use Conservation Ordinance and recommendations from the Water 2050 and GO TO 2040 plans to emphasize water conservation and efficiency through Orland Park's codes and programs. The new water conservation code will recommend ordinance language for increased water conservation practices in a unified Water Resources Chapter for Land Development Code. The recommendation will then be presented to the Orland Park Board of Trustees for consideration.

Learn more on February 22
This month, the Village of Orland Park and CMAP are analyzing the village's current water use, existing ordinance and efficiency programs as well as gathering initial public input regarding water conservation issues. As part of that effort, the village is inviting local residents, business owners, community leaders, and other stakeholders to attend a special event.

"This is a great opportunity for the community to get involved," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "We want everyone's input as the village works with CMAP to tailor a water conservation code for the village," the mayor added.

The first public meeting will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Avenue. The meeting will feature a presentation on the need for the project, how much water is currently being used in the village, and how the project may increase water conservation practices for all sectors in the community.

"We invite everyone to participate in these meetings that will help to shape Orland Park's water conservation program," McLaughlin said.

For more information and to RSVP for this public event, please contact Nora Beck, CMAP Associate Planner at 312-676-7470.