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Land Use & Housing
Land-use policies establish the pattern of development and redevelopment of public and private property throughout a community. Policies that guide housing affect accessibility, energy demand, affordability, and access to opportunities for a community’s residents. Other land-use decisions can impact the balance of biodiversity, access to and consumption of environmental resources, GHG emissions associated with mobility, and the climate resilience of a community.
Implementation is for Everyone!
Some actions in this plan will need to be led by the
Village Board, Village departments, and/or the business community. In addition, there are steps that households and individuals can take to make an impact. Click below to find out out the what you as a resident can do to help the Village achieve these visionary goals.
Land Use & Housing Strategies
Below are the specific Land Use & Housing goals outlined in the 2022 Environmental Sustainability Plan. Clicking on one of them will display the list of actions to be incorporated into the Village's workplans. They are broken down into completed, in-progress, and future and progress is updated quarterly.
- Increase average population per developed acre by 10% by 2030 (from 11.3 residents per acre of developed land to 12.4)
- Update community plans, zoning, and design standards to increase housing and community resilience to the impacts of climate change, including flooding, heat island, and extreme weather particularly for populations most vulnerable
- Identify and publicize additional options for building improvement programs for both owner-occupied and rental properties that would reduce energy consumption for vulnerable populations and those living under high energy burden through added insulation, air sealing, passive energy systems, heat pumps, and higher efficiency equipment.
- Manage disproportionate impacts of energy and resource costs associated with decarbonizing energy sources on lower-income or vulnerable parts of the community through development of new and promotion of existing incentives and grants supporting decarbonization strategies for low-income households (owner occupied and rental).
- Use grant, state, and municipal funding to implement an income-based payment system to allow low-income and fixed-income residents to participate in energy efficiency and weatherization program(s) at little to no cost.
- Explore the potential for installation of re-deployable solar microgrid systems for resilient power use in community emergency management and hazard/disaster response. Systems can be semi-permanently installed at public facilities to provide day-to-day power and re-deployed in emergency response
- Update community plans, zoning, and design standards to increase housing and community resilience to the impacts of climate change, including flooding, heat island, and extreme weather particularly for populations most vulnerable.
- Study changes to zoning ordinances to allow businesses such as restaurants, grocery stores, and medical facilities in or near residential areas.
- Establish a policy to include climate risk and vulnerability considerations into capital planning and budgeting.
- Study the zoning ordinance to allow higher density development. Ordinance revision should consolidate and revise residential zoning categories to allow for an increase in housing density in all areas of the community.
- Incentivize the use of green infrastructure such as bioswales, permeable pavement, rain gardens, areas, and other pervious surface strategies to reduce flood risk and minimize sediment entry into creeks from trails and roads.
- Support neighborhood-based plans for all neighborhoods to encourage neighborhood identity, engagement and development. Plan goals should be to increase housing density, options, affordability, and equity while furthering the goals of the Sustainability Plan.