Lincolnshire has undergone a joint project with its neighboring communities Mettawa and Bannockburn to look at open space. The project is being coordinated through Chicago Wilderness and is funded through the Grand Victoria Foundation. It is unique in that it provides the opportunity for the three communities to work together to identify Green Infrastructure, determine its connectedness, review community ordinances and policies related to green infrastructure. Private and public rain gardens examples of green infrastructure that are being looked at.
The Village has developed an Open Space Management Plan and encourages participation of staff in maintenance and care of environmental issues. To support the protection of natural resources, the Village has adopted the Chicago Wilderness Biodiversity Recovery Plan, the North Branch of the Chicago River Watershed Plan, and the Indian Creek Watershed Plan. Additionally, the GIS provides staff a resource to aid in the identification of woodlands, wetlands, floodplains and other environmentally sensitive lands. This information is used as a development and management tool.