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New Cook County Land Use Plan advances

12-31-2015
Last evening, the Cook County Planning Commission forwarded to the County Board for final approval a new county land use guide plan that will help shape development in Cook County over the next 20 years. At some point soon, the County Board will take up the new plan for final adoption.

The new plan replaces one written in 1997. That old plan, crafted at a time when many county residents were concerned that Cook County would be overdeveloped, was defensive and protective to the point of discouraging development. The new plan, which took almost two years to develop, does a pretty effective job of welcoming development while protecting the essential North Woods character that county residents value. It reflects the same balanced approach to development that was emphasised in the work of the Cook County Go Team's Prosperity Priorities. On behalf of the Chamber, I served as a leader of the Go Team project and a member of the land use plan revision committee.

The new land use plan can be be found here: http://tinyurl.com/h8al7v7

The Prosperity Priorities can be found here:

 http://www.arrowheadplanning.org/gocookcounty/Prosperity_Priorities%20.pdf 

Although the new land use plan runs 66 pages, even a few minutes perusing its contents would prove worthwhile. Great effort was made to write the plan in jargon-free English.

If you have questions about the plan or the process, please do not hesitate to drop me a note at ccchamber@boreal.org

Kind regards,

Jim Boyd
Executive Director

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