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County Board Votes to Keep Compensatory Storage and Their Exemption in Place

Posted by wlpo on August 13, 2016

If a government passes a law, should they be allowed to decide the law doesn’t apply to them? The LaSalle County Board reconsidered that question again Thursday with regards to so-called “compensatory storage.”

That means in unincorporated LaSalle County, if you want to build on the floodplain you basically must also make a hole one-and-a-half times bigger than the floodplain you developed. Last month the board decided that could have vastly increased the costs of road and bridge projects, so they voted for a provision that made them exempt.

Since then, several board members showed concern that the county was making rules that didn’t apply to it. Thursday they held a vote on whether or not to do away with compensatory storage altogether.

The board ultimately voted 15-11 to leave the compensatory storage rules in place and also continue the county’s exemption for road and bridge projects.

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