Purpose and Intent
The purpose and intent of the Land Use Opinion report is to furnish natural resource information to officials of the local governing body and other decision makers. This report is required under the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District Act, Section 22.02a (Illinois Complied Statues, Chapter 70, Paragraph 405, Section 22.02a), enacted December 3, 1971, effective July 1, 1972 which states:

The Soil and Water Conservation District shall make all natural resource information available to the appropriate county agency or municipality in the promulgation of zoning ordinances or variances. Any person who petitions any municipality or county agency in the district for variation, amendment, or other relief from that municipality’s or county’s zoning ordinance or who proposes to subdivide vacant or agricultural lands therein shall furnish a copy of such petition or proposal to the Soil and Water Conservation District. The Soil and Water Conservation District shall be given not more than 30 days from the time of receipt of the petition or proposal to issue its written opinion concerning the petition or proposal and submit the same to the appropriate county agency or municipality for further action.

The Land Use Opinion report intends to present the most current natural resource information available in an understandable format. It contains a description of the present conditions and resources available and their potential impact on each other.  The report comes from the following: standardized data, on-site investigations, and information furnished by the petitioner. Please read the entire report to coordinate and inter-relate all natural resource factors considered. The report, when used properly, will provide the basis for good land use change decisions and proper development while protecting the natural resource base of the county. The conclusions of the Land Use Opinion report in no way indicate the impossibility of a certain land use. However, it should alert the reader to possible problems that may occur if the capabilities of the land are ignored.
 
Information Contained in the LUO Report
The report contains the following information:
What the parcel is currently zoned as under the Kane or DuPage County Zoning Ordinance.
The proposed land use.
The designated use of the parcel from the Kane or DuPage County Land Use Plan Map.
The percentage of the parcel that has prime farmland soils as indicated by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) soil survey
(if applicable).
What the percentage of the parcel is composed of soils with severe or very severe limitations for septic systems as indicated by the NRCS soil survey.
Where the parcel is located at on the Flood Insurance Rate Map. This would indicate if the parcel is located in a floodplain.
Information on the percentage or location of potential wetlands on the parcel.
Stormwater management issues and concerns with the site as well as significant drainage features.
Best Management Practices for soil erosion and sediment control and areas subject to impact by erosion.
General guidelines on woodland protection if applicable to the site. 
LAND USE OPINION REPORTS 
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Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
2315 Dean Street, Suite 100, St. Charles, Illinois 60175
630/584-7960, Ext. 3