Local Codes and Ordinances
Local governments have an important role to evaluate their own codes and ordinances to ensure they are protecting our communities and our waterways. Through Blue Trails, or conservation focused water trails, we can reconnect people to their rivers through outdoor activities and to build support for protecting areas along the river from unwise development by strengthening codes and ordinances.
Changing Local Ordinances in Your Community
Most communities have a legislative body elected by the public, such as a city council, county board, or village board, to make changes to existing ordinances or pass new ordinances. In addition to the local legislative body, your community likely has a Planning Commission or similar subcommittee that specializes in land use issues. Although the Planning Commission does not have authority to pass laws, they can give powerful recommendations to the legislative body and once an ordinance is enacted, the Commission is typically given the responsibility of implementing its requirements. Once you become familiar with the structure of your local government, start researching existing zoning codes and building and subdivision regulations to see where opportunity exists to make change.