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School Siting & Local Governments

Using land development ordinances to promote walkable schools

Model Legal Document
Child Care & Schools
Healthy Neighborhoods

School locations can have a major impact on children’s health.

Although school districts generally make the key decisions about where schools are located, local governments can play an important role, and land dedication ordinances (known in Illinois as land cash ordinances) are powerful tools for influencing school location.

ChangeLab Solutions' model Illinois land cash ordinance helps local governments promote children’s health and advance local planning goals by encouraging smart school siting. Download our companion fact sheet to learn more.