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Plat and Subdivision Law in Illinois

Learn to navigate through complex subdivision procedures – and prevent costly mistakes. Even in the current tight economy, you can be successful – and even prosper – in subdividing real property. Take advantage of this timely opportunity to boost your income by learning about the complex subdivision process under Illinois law. Discover how the subdivision process interacts with other land use processes. Take the guesswork out of complying with statutory requirements. Purchase these reference materials and get critical updates and practical pointers on avoiding the legal pitfalls inherent in the subdivision process. Benefits for You - Comply with various legal requirements for subdivision plats and site plans - Resolve common issues with plats, including boundary issues, easements, and setbacks - Cover the processing requirements associated with annexations - Go beyond the basics and properly handle various zoning considerations
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Agenda

Overview
— John T. Whitehouse, P.E., PLS
Plat Act (765 ILCS 205/)
  • Purpose
  • When Plat Required-Plat Act Exemptions
  • Certificates and Statements
  • Dedications on Plat
  • Topographic and Profile Studies-Drainage Certificates
  • Jurisdictions
Common Issues With Plats
  • Review of Plats by Nonqualified Personnel
  • Certificates of Correction - When and When Not Appropriate
  • Boundary Issues - Gaps and Overlaps
  • Specifics Regarding Dedications on Plats
  • Easements and Setbacks
Subdivision Ordinances
  • Update Them Now
  • Concept, Preliminary and Final
  • Provide Certificates to All Surveyors in Electronic Format
  • Easements and Easement Provisions
  • Disclosures
  • Good Planning - Avoiding Conflicts
Annexations and Annexation Agreements
  • Plats/Maps of Annexation
  • Future Dedications and Easements
  • Processing Requirements of Subdivisions
Legal Documents Negotiated and Prepared in Conjunction With Plats of Subdivision
— Charles L. Byrum, Esq
  • Subdivision Agreements
  • Letters of Credit and Bonds
  • Reciprocal Easement Agreements
  • Conservation Easements
  • Annexation Agreements
  • Development Agreements
Zoning
— Michael J. Smoron
  • Procedures to Enact and Amend Zoning Regulations
  • Variances
  • Special Use Permits
  • Planned Developments
  • Required Written Findings of Fact
  • Nonconforming Uses
  • Factors Impacting Validity of Zoning Ordinance
  • Contract Zoning
  • Conflict Between County Zoning and Municipal Subdivision Ordinance/Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
Annexation
  • Contiguity
  • Voluntary Noncourt Supervised Annexations
  • Involuntary Annexations
  • Voluntary Court Supervised Annexations
  • Maintenance Responsibility for Roads
  • Priority of Annexations
  • Boundary of Agreements
  • Notices
  • Quo Warranto Challenges to Annexations
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Disconnection Procedure
Recent/Pending Legislative Update
Common Problems and Solutions – Examples and Discussion
— John W. Damisch
  • New Legal Requirements and Changes
  • Practical Suggestions That Are Based on Experience
  • Litigation Issues
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John W. Damisch – Moderator

Damisch & Damisch Ltd.

  • Principal of the Chicago law firm of Damisch & Damisch Ltd.
  • Former magistrate of the circuit court of county and former chairman of the Village of Northfield Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Has been a special assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois handling condemnation matters for the Illinois Departments of Transportation, Economic Development, Natural Resources and Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
  • Wrote the chapter on eminent domain for the local government
  • Law and bachelor’s degrees, Northwestern University
Charles L. Byrum, Esq

Charles L. Byrum, Esq

Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC

  • Partner at the law firm of Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC, located in Chicago, and has practiced real estate law for more than 35 years
  • Experienced in acquisitions, financing, sales and leasing of residential, commercial, office and industrial properties, with primary area of practice in land use
  • Represented major residential and commercial developers in obtaining development approvals; and has negotiated and written many annexation agreements, development agreements, ordinances, homeowner association documents and condominium documents
  • Appeared before numerous municipal commissions and boards throughout the Chicago area
  • J.D. degree, Northwestern University School of Law; B.A. degree, DePauw University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
Michael J. Smoron

Michael J. Smoron

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle

  • Partner at the law firm of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle
  • Practices in the areas of local government law, zoning and commercial real estate
  • Co-writer of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s update on land use cases and litigation
  • Serves as counsel for several municipalities in Northern Illinois
  • J.D. degree, with high honors, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology; B.A. degree, University of Notre Dame
John T. Whitehouse, P.E., PLS

John T. Whitehouse, P.E., PLS

Engineering Enterprises, Inc.

  • Senior project manager for the past 15 years with Engineering Enterprises, Inc.
  • Previously operated his own consulting firm for 13 years
  • More than 29 years of experience as a licensed Illinois professional land surveyor and 28 years of experience as an Illinois licensed professional engineer
  • Has been involved in land surveying, planning, platting and engineering design for more than 100 subdivisions
  • Provides consulting engineering and land surveying design and review services to multiple municipalities
  • B.S. degree in civil engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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