Regional cooperation is essential to protecting the natural environment. Potential threats, such as air and water pollution, are not restricted by jurisdictional boundaries. What affects one area eventually affects us all. Environmental Planning ensures that our community’s growth has minimal impact upon our land and soil, waterways, and air.

To best steward growth that protects our environment, McLean County Regional Planning Commission:

  • leads the Greenways Advisory Committee, along with a whole host of partners
  • partners with Ecology Action Center on proper waterway management, greenhouse gas emission, solid waste planning, energy planning, air quality control, and more
  • takes water and waste resource management into consideration for comprehensive planning

 

ACTIVE GROUPS

 

Greenways Advisory Committee

 

 

 

 

Key Factors in Environmental Planning
  • Solid Waste
  • Man-Made Features
  • Vegetation, Tree Cover, & Species Habitat
  • Ground Water Resources
  • Soil Resources
  • Topography & Drainage
  • Climate & Air Quality

Key Environmental Documents

McLean County Regional Greenways Plan
McLean County Regional Greenways Plan

McLean County Regional Greenways Plan

September 2009
This plan presents an up-to-date vision for greenways and provides a framework for establishing a regional system of interconnected greenways throughout McLean County and beyond. The plan presents goals and objectives in support of this vision and identifies priority future greenways and potential greenway linkages to other regions. It also targets a number of initiatives for early action in support of the plan.
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Solid Waste Plan
Solid Waste Plan

Solid Waste Plan

December 2017
The McLean County Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan was adopted in 1992; it was updated four times over the twenty years that followed, consistent with the requirements of the Illinois Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act. As the time approached to begin work on the 2017 5-year update, it became apparent that a short-term update would insufficiently meet the contemporary needs of the Bloomington-Normal and McLean County area.
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Town of Normal Stream Buffer Ordinance
Town of Normal Stream Buffer Ordinance

Town of Normal Stream Buffer Ordinance

2007
The Town of Normal’s stream buffer ordinance contains regulations pertaining to establishing, maintaining and protecting areas of vegetation surrounding all streams within the local jurisdiction. This document also proposes to establish a minimal requirement for designing buffers to protect the water supplies in Normal. Additionally, information about applying for permits for development near stream sites and design standards for proposed developments are included.
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Bloomington-Normal Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Bloomington-Normal Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Bloomington-Normal Greenhouse Gas Inventory

June 2014
The McLean County Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan was adopted in 1992; it was updated four times over the twenty years that followed, consistent with the requirements of the Illinois Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act. As the time approached to begin work on the 2017 5-year update, it became apparent that a short-term update would insufficiently meet the contemporary needs of the Bloomington-Normal and McLean County area.
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