Annexation agreements can offer a significant degree of certainty for a developer but are also the product of negotiations so proceed with caution.
If annexation is part of the overall development approval process, then seeking an annexation agreement to confirm the terms of development is recommended. Because governments always have the prerogative to change their minds (and regulations). an annexation agreement can protect a developer from adverse changes in local laws. Of course, both the authority for and scope of annexation agreements may be limited by State statute. This white paper reviews annexation agreements and dealing cautiously with competing municipalities.
Victor P. Filippini, Jr.
Filippini Law Firm
- Founding Partner of Filippini Law Firm after having served as Illinois local government/real estate practice group leader at a 1000+ attorney international law firm
- Practice emphasizes land use, development, and local government law and finance, having worked on hundreds of developments and achieving positive results, whether in the board room, in the court room, or at the negotiating table
- Frequently conducts seminars and writes articles on a variety of land use matters including annexation, zoning, constitutional land use issues, RLUIPA, subdivision, building, historic preservation, architectural review, public financing options for development, and zoning litigation, as well as various local governmental law topics
- Adjunct professor of law teaching land use, state and local government, and development law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law
- Co-author of Illinois Jurisprudence, Municipal Law, Annexations, Consolidations, and Transfer of Territory (1st Ed.)
- J.D. degree, cum laude, University of Michigan Law School; A.B. degree, magna cum laude, Harvard College; Northwestern University, School of Professional Studies, Mediation Certification
- Recognized by: The Best Lawyers in America; Best Law Firms in America; Super Lawyers; Leading Lawyers Network; Chambers USA; ALM’s Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyer; recipient of Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, 2016 Litigation Award
- Can be contacted at [email protected] or 312-300-6549
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