Lake County, IL
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File #: 20-1354    Version: 1 Name: Ordinance amending the Lake County Temporary Emergency Public Nuisance Ordinance
Type: ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/28/2020 In control: Public Works, Planning & Transportation Committee
On agenda: Final action: 10/13/2020
Title: Ordinance amending the Lake County Temporary Emergency Public Nuisance Ordinance.
Attachments: 1. MODIFIED LAKE COUNTY TEMPORARY EMERGENCY NUISANCE ORDINANCE - (v5) FINAL 9_30.pdf
Title
Ordinance amending the Lake County Temporary Emergency Public Nuisance Ordinance.

Staff Summary
* On May 12, 2020, the County Board adopted the Lake County Temporary Emergency Public Nuisance Ordinance to enact a temporary ban on open burning in the unincorporated area for a period extended from May 12 to June 10, coinciding with the spring landscape waste burning season. This ban was further extended by the County Board on June 9, July 14, and again on August 11, and is currently set to expire on October 14.
* The ordinance recognizes the increased risk of negative health impacts from open burning on individuals who have been infected with COVID-19.
* At the July Public Works Planning and Transportation Committee meeting, the Committee directed staff to prepare an amendment to the Temporary Emergency Ordinance to extend the ban subject to an exception allowing open burning on unincorporated residential properties at specified times and on limited days.
* At the August 11, 2020 County Board meeting, amendments to the Temporary Emergency Ordinance were adopted to allow burning of specified landscape waste and woody materials on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from sunrise to sunset, and continue to allow recreational fires and the use of self-contained outdoor burn devices under certain criteria.
* Since that time, Planning Building and Development staff has received feedback from several owners of large properties (five acres or greater) referring to difficulties encountered when attempting to dispose of their landscape waste within the parameters of the current Temporary Emergency Ordinance. As such, staff is returning to committee to propose a further amendment to the temporary ordinance to accommodate disposal on these properties.
* Staff's proposed amendment will allow open burning of specified landscape waste and woody materials from sunrise to sunset on any day of the week if the burning occurs at least five hundred feet (500') from a habita...

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