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92_HB0505 LRB9202514MWpcA 1 AN ACT in relation to planning. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 5 Local Planning Technical Assistance Act. 6 Section 5. Purposes. The purposes of this Act are to: 7 (1) Define and disseminate the principles of 8 sensible planning. 9 (2) Encourage counties and municipalities to engage 10 in planning, regulatory, and development approaches that 11 conform to the principles of sensible planning. 12 (3) Provide demonstration grants to counties and 13 municipalities to prepare and implement comprehensive 14 plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision controls, other 15 land development regulations, and development incentives 16 that conform to the principles of sensible planning. 17 (4) Prepare and distribute model ordinances, 18 manuals, and other technical publications that are 19 founded upon and promote the principles of sensible 20 planning. 21 (5) Research and report upon the results and impact 22 of activities funded by the demonstration grants. 23 Section 10. Definitions. In this Act: 24 "Comprehensive plan" means a regional plan adopted under 25 Section 5-14001 of the Counties Code, an official 26 comprehensive plan adopted under Section 11-12-6 of the 27 Illinois Municipal Code, or local land resource management 28 plan adopted under Section 4 of the Local Land Resource 29 Management Planning Act. 30 "Department" means the Department of Commerce and -2- LRB9202514MWpcA 1 Community Affairs. 2 "Land development regulation" means any ordinance or 3 regulation of a county or municipality that regulates 4 development and land use, including, but not limited to, 5 zoning and subdivision ordinances. 6 "Municipality" means any city, village, or incorporated 7 town. 8 "Subsidiary plan" means any plan, other than a 9 comprehensive plan, that guides development, land use, and 10 infrastructure for a county or municipality, or a portion of 11 a county or municipality. 12 Section 15. Sensible planning. "Sensible planning" 13 consists of planning, regulatory, and development practices 14 and techniques founded upon and promoting the following 15 principles: 16 (1) Using land resources more efficiently through 17 compact building forms, in-fill development, and moderation 18 in street and parking standards to lessen land consumption 19 and preserve natural resources. 20 (2) Supporting the location of stores, offices, 21 residences, schools, recreational spaces, and other public 22 facilities within walking distance of each other in compact 23 neighborhoods to provide opportunities for easier movement 24 and interaction. 25 (3) Providing a variety of housing choices, so that the 26 young and old, single persons and families, and those of 27 varying economic ability may find places to live. 28 (4) Supporting walking, cycling, and transit as 29 attractive alternatives to driving, providing alternative 30 routes that disperse, rather than concentrate, traffic 31 congestion and lowering traffic speeds in neighborhoods. 32 (5) Connecting infrastructure and development decisions 33 to minimize future costs by creating neighborhoods where more -3- LRB9202514MWpcA 1 people use existing services and facilities and by 2 integrating development and land use with transit routes and 3 stations. 4 (6) Improving the development review process and 5 development standards so that developers are encouraged to 6 apply the principles stated in this Section. 7 Section 20. Technical assistance grants. The Department 8 may make grants to counties and municipalities to develop, 9 update, administer, and implement comprehensive plans, 10 subsidiary plans, land development regulations, and 11 development incentives that conform to the principles of 12 sensible planning. 13 The Department must adopt rules establishing standards 14 and procedures for determining eligibility for the grants, 15 regulating the use of funds under the grants, and requiring 16 periodic reporting of the results and impact of activities 17 funded by the grants. 18 No individual grant under this Act may have duration of 19 more than 24 months. 20 The Department, in the determination of grantees, must 21 take into consideration communities with limited means to 22 support local planning efforts. The Department must also seek 23 an even balance of grants within metropolitan regions. 24 The Department must give greater consideration to 25 applications that include one or more units of local 26 government working together. 27 Section 25. Model ordinances and technical publications. 28 The Department may prepare model ordinances, manuals, and 29 other technical publications that are founded upon and 30 promote the principles of sensible planning. The Department 31 must make all possible use of existing model ordinances, 32 manuals, and other technical publications that conform to the -4- LRB9202514MWpcA 1 principles of sensible planning and that were prepared by 2 regional planning agencies and commissions, councils of 3 government, and other organizations. 4 The Department may employ or retain private for-profit or 5 not-for-profit entities, regional planning agencies and 6 commissions, councils of government, and universities to 7 advise, prepare, or conduct the preparation of the model 8 ordinances, manuals, and other technical publications. 9 The Department must distribute any model ordinances, 10 manuals, and other technical publications prepared under this 11 Section to all counties and municipalities in this State, 12 regional planning agencies and commissions in this State, the 13 Illinois State Library, all public libraries in this State, 14 and to other organizations and libraries at the Department's 15 discretion. 16 Section 30. Educational and training programs. The 17 Department may provide educational and training programs in 18 planning, regulatory, and development practices and 19 techniques founded upon and promoting the principles of 20 sensible planning, including, but not limited to, the use and 21 application of any model ordinances, manuals, and other 22 technical publications prepared by the Department. 23 The Department may employ or retain private for-profit 24 and not-for-profit entities, regional planning agencies and 25 commissions, and universities to operate or conduct, or 26 assist in the operation or conduct of, the programs. 27 Section 35. Annual report. 28 (a) The Department must, at least annually but more 29 often at its discretion, report in writing to the Governor 30 and General Assembly on: 31 (1) The results and impacts of county and municipal 32 activities funded by the grants authorized by this Act, -5- LRB9202514MWpcA 1 with a focus upon those planning, regulatory, and 2 development practices and techniques that have 3 successfully implemented the principles of sensible 4 planning. 5 (2) The distribution of the grants. 6 (3) Model ordinances, manuals, and other technical 7 publications prepared by the Department. 8 (4) Educational and training programs provided by 9 the Department. 10 (b) The report must also be provided to all counties and 11 municipalities in this State, regional planning agencies and 12 commissions in this State, the Illinois State Library, all 13 public libraries in this State, and to other organizations 14 and libraries at the Department's discretion. 15 Section 40. Local Planning Fund. The Department may use 16 moneys, subject to appropriation, in the Local Planning Fund, 17 a special fund created in the State treasury, to implement 18 and administer this Act. 19 Section 900. The State Finance Act is amended by adding 20 Section 5.545 as follows: 21 (30 ILCS 105/5.545 new) 22 Sec. 5.545. The Local Planning Fund. 23 Section 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 24 becoming law.
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