Since the time that people began settling into small villages, people have been planning the best way to utilize their space. The issues of shelter, access to farmland, water, a place for garbage, the development of market areas, issue of storm water and sewage – all these needs were met with the ever-emerging art of planning and engineering.
Today, we offer college degrees in planning and celebrate the skill of planning on November 8, World Town Planning Day. The American Planning Association joins with countries around the world to promote solution-based community and regional planning by the general public, local units of government and private developers.
Because the world has limited resources and an increasing population (we just reached 7 billion), proper planning can be a very “green” occupation. Planners work to create livable communities, considering transportation, open space, storm water management, natural disaster issues, placement of residential units, commercial, retail and industrial businesses through zoning and building codes.
Will County is currently “greening” their zoning and building codes and invites the public to participate in the process. For more information, visit www.renewingwillcounty.com For more information on World Town Planning Day visit http://www.planning.org/ncpm/worldtown/