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File #: 13-1359    Version: 2 Name: Promoting Native Vegetation in PUDs
Type: Ordinance Amendment Status: Approved
File created: 8/21/2013 In control: Goslin
On agenda: 9/11/2013 Final action: 9/11/2013
Title: PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT Title: Promoting Native Vegetation in PUDs WHEREAS, Cook County recognizes that a variety of landscapes add diversity and richness to the quality of life and there is an intrinsic value in the preservation, restoration and management of native plant habitat; and WHEREAS, Cook County also recognizes the practical value of native plants which provide a beautiful, hardy, drought resistant, low maintenance landscape while benefiting the environment; and WHEREAS, Native plants, once established, save time and money by eliminating or significantly reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, water and lawn maintenance equipment; and WHEREAS, Native plants produce long root systems that help hold soil in place and protect water quality by controlling soil erosion and moderating floods and droughts; and WHEREAS, Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife attracting a variety of birds, butterflies, and other animals by providing diverse...
Sponsors: GREGG GOSLIN, JERRY BUTLER, EARLEAN COLLINS, JOHN P. DALEY, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, ELIZABETH "LIZ" DOODY GORMAN, STANLEY MOORE, JOAN PATRICIA MURPHY, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, ROBERT STEELE, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI
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PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
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Promoting Native Vegetation in PUDs

WHEREAS, Cook County recognizes that a variety of landscapes add diversity and richness to the quality of life and there is an intrinsic value in the preservation, restoration and management of native plant habitat; and

WHEREAS, Cook County also recognizes the practical value of native plants which provide a beautiful, hardy, drought resistant, low maintenance landscape while benefiting the environment; and

WHEREAS, Native plants, once established, save time and money by eliminating or significantly reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, water and lawn maintenance equipment; and

WHEREAS, Native plants produce long root systems that help hold soil in place and protect water quality by controlling soil erosion and moderating floods and droughts; and

WHEREAS, Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife attracting a variety of birds, butterflies, and other animals by providing diverse habitats and food sources while closely mowed lawns are of little use to most wildlife; and

WHEREAS, Native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage and is increasingly important as we continue to lose native habitat. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency there are approximately 20 million acres of lawn cultivated in the U.S., covering more land than any single crop. Lawns may look neat and attractive, but they are basically deserts in regard to biodiversity. Native plants are a part of our natural heritage and natural landscaping is an opportunity to reestablish diverse native plants; and

WHEREAS, Cook County recognizes the need to increase biodiversity in urban and suburban areas and promoting native vegetation will help to accomplish this; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that the Cook County Code, Part II, Article 9.0 shall be amended as follows:

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