This document contains flood hazard area development regulations for the Town of Normal. Information included is intended to: prevent unwise developments from increasing flood or drainage hazards to others; protect new buildings and major improvements to buildings from flood damage; promote and protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens from the hazards of flooding; to lessen the burden on the taxpayer for flood control, repairs to public facilities and utilities, and flood rescue and relief operations to maintain property values and a stable tax base by minimizing the potential for creating blight areas to make federally subsidized flood insurance available; and to preserve the natural characteristics and functions of watercourses and floodplains in order to moderate flood and stormwater impacts, improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, protect aquatic and riparian habitat, provide recreational opportunities, provide aesthetic benefits, and enhance community and economic development.
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.
This Comprehensive Plan provides the vision, goals, objectives, desired future, and identifies the preferred alternative plan to restore the ecological integrity of the Illinois River Basin System. This plan documents the need for and potential scope of four components: a restoration program; a long-term resource monitoring program; a computerized inventory and analysis system; and a program to encourage sediment removal technology, sediment characterization, sediment transport, and beneficial uses of sediment. An implementation framework and criteria are also presented to guide the identification, selection, study and implementation of restoration projects, monitoring and adaptive management activities, and further system investigations.
The Chicago Wilderness consortium believes that natural areas make communities more attractive, provide recreational areas, improve air and water quality, and reduce the hazards of flooding. This document is a guide to local governments and developers on how to protect and enhance nature when planning and designing new development and redevelopment projects. Principles and checklists focus on the natural-resource aspects of sustainable development. They also recognize that having healthy nature in communities also creates positive economic and social benefits.
In 1996, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) purchased 663 acres of the William Bateman Estate. The acres purchased included 1 ¾ mile of Macinaw River frontage, river bottomland prone to flooding, timber and rolling farmland. The River Project wanted TNC’s use of the land to positively impact water quality, preserve the forest and prairie, stabilize the river banks, restore the flood plan, and reduce erosion.