The City of Highland Park is fortunate to be environmentally diverse. The City adheres to the regulations and standards within the "Lake Michigan Protection Zone." These are laws pertaining to maintenance and construction of lakefront and beach structures, ravines and bluffs. The City provides guidance and assistance in improving on-site stormwater management including ideas such as rain gardens, permeable paving, rain barrels, green roofs and native plants. All of these are a means of controlling runoff while enhancing the natural beauty of the landscape.
Beach, Ravine & Bluff Regulations
This guide outlines protection regulations and standards pertaining to the construction of beach structures and other activities on lakefront properties within the "Lake Michigan Protection Zone."
Environmentally Responsible Construction Checklist
In April 2001, the City Council approved an Environmental Policy statement for the City of Highland Park. The policy ensures that environmental concerns are considered during the planning stages of any project rather than after construction.
Living in a Ravine and Lakefront Community
Ravine and bluff properties are fragile lands that require special care so that they can be preserved for future generations. The City has created a homeowner's guide to understanding and protecting the unique geology, ecology, and other natural features of ravine and bluff environments.
Protect Ravine Bluff Property
Many of Highland Park's homes are situated on properties featuring ravine or bluff slopes. The ravine-bluff ecosystem is unique and picturesque, but it is also fragile and requires routine maintenance to ensure its longevity. The City of Highland Park provides a guide to protecting your property.
Maintaining Ravine and Bluff Vegetation
By following the guidelines in this brochure, property owners can avoid common mistakes that degrade slope stability of north shore ravines and bluffs while enhancing property aesthetics and preserving these important natural resources. Please share this information with those who care for your ravine or bluff property. This publication was funded by NOAA, the Illinois Coastal Management Program, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
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