Acres of agricultural and open space available

This performance measure uses the Cropland Data Layer (CDL) from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). CDL land use categories, including “Developed”, “Developed/Open Space”, “Developed/Low Intensity”, “Developed/Med Intensity”, ” Developed/High Intensity” were summarized as “developed land”. “Undeveloped land” refers to all the other land use categories, including “Forest”, “Open Water”, “Wetlands”, “Grass/shrubland”, “Barren”, and all land uses identified as crop lands. The overall accuracy for this land cover dataset in Illinois is 96%.

Please note that this dataset is most accurate for conducting regional/national analysis rather than local applications according to USGS. However, this is the best data currently available that enables us to track basic changes in land use in the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA).

In 2018, approximately 31.1 percent of the land in the MPA was developed, which showed no major change from 2015.

Land Use Change in the Metropolitan Planning Area

Area Percentage201020112012201320142015201620172018
Developed Land29.6%30.9%30.6%30.7%31.2%31.1%31.1%31.1%31.1%
Undeveloped Land70.4%69.1%69.4%69.3%68.8%68.9%68.9%68.9%68.9%
Data Source: USDA NASS CropScape and Cropland Data Layers

Agricultural and Open Space Land Use PM Summary

Goal Support diverse and environmentally responsible types of development without encouraging sprawl or sacrificing important historical structures or new business opportunities by reinvigorating downtown areas, fostering more mixed use development, and protecting and preserving neighborhoods and business districts that contain historic structures.
Objective Minimize the rate of development that is not contiguous to the existing built environment by 2020.
Performance Measure Number of acres designated as agricultural and open space.
2016 Rating

In 2016, approximately 31.1% of the land in the MPA was developed, which showed no major change from 2015. Positive rating.

2017 Rating

In 2017, approximately 31.1% of the land in the MPA was developed, which showed no major change from 2015. Positive rating.

2018 Rating

In 2018, approximately 31.1% of the land in the MPA was developed, which showed no major change from 2015. Positive rating.