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Village officials concerned by proposed county flood rules

New ordinance could affect downtown development

Tinley Park officials are concerned that new storm water and flood plain regulations in Cook County’s proposed watershed management ordinance could have a negative impact on future business development in the village, officials said.

Village Engineer Chris King addressed the Public Works Committee on Aug. 6 to summarize the new ordinance and discuss its potential impact on the village.

On June 24, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) formally unveiled an updated proposal, which the MWRD believes will “will improve storm water drainage and detention and will also protect wetlands and riparian areas.”

The district has been working on the ordinance for more than five years, King noted.

In November 2012, the district released an economic impact study requested by a number of Cook County villages and stakeholders that would be affected by the issue, according to the MWRD…Please click here to read Gregory Pratt’s full story in the Chicago Tribune.

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