pilots will be conducted in one county from northeastern Illinois (Kane
or McHenry) and three from southwestern Illinois (Madison, St. Clair,
Monroe). Technical support will be provided by University of Illinois’
Department of Regional and Urban Planning (U of I), Northeastern Illinois
Planning Commission (NIPC) and Southwestern Resource Conservation and
Development (SWRCD). Fiscal support will be provided to local planning
organizations through revising planning grants within the Department
of Natural Resource’s national recognized C2000 Ecosystems Program.
In addition DNR will provide support for the U of I to incorporate the
system of plans into the land use model. The projected timeline for
both of these projects is 15-18 months. We will do a legacy plan in
other urban areas as funding becomes available.
Northeastern Illinois Regional Planning Commission (NIPC) is assisting
with the liaison functions for this region. During the summer of
2004 various stakeholder groups were contacted to introduce them
to the project and explain the Legacy proof of concept. These groups
• Organizations with working knowledge of environmental, agricultural,
cultural issues and also organizations who could assist with providing
relevant resource inventory data.
• McHenry County Council of Governments
• Members of Imagine McHenry County (members of development
• Planning staffs from a variety of municipalities and the
Pilot covers the counties of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford. The
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TRPC) is the regional
is coordinating with local officials through the Peoria Mayor’s
Vision 2020 project (see www//Vision2020.org).
Coordinating with the Vision 2020 has several advantages; local
involvement, local control and cost savings—avoiding a duplicative
process. Decisions stay within the current local process and the
state provides tools and information to guide decision making.
Legacy Planning project in Southwestern Illinois began with informational
meetings in mid-September of 2004. Community leaders and resource
specialists from Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, and Randolph counties
attended these local meetings. The meetings provided some informational
background on the LEAM project and introduced Legacy Planning as
a tool for planners. Follow-up calls after the meetings produced
positive feedback and support for the project.