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Understanding the Plat Approval Process in Naperville, Illinois

 Posted on December 00, 0000 in Zoning and Land Use

Naperville land development lawyersLand development is one of the most complex real estate processes. It requires knowledge of zoning ordinances and regulations, due diligence, organization, and careful planning. It also requires that the landowner or developer seek site plan and plat approval. The following will help you better understand the approval process and provide you with key information on how you can smooth the path ahead.

Who Needs a Site Plan and Plat Approval?

Certain plat developments must seek prior approval through the City of Naperville Development Review Team (DRT). This includes subdivisions, planned unit developments, condominiums, dedication of right-of-way, easements, annexations, and vacation public right-of-ways. However, there may be other developments that must seek approval. Since each project is unique, and because zoning violations can be costly in terms of both time and money, it is important to contact an experienced real estate attorney prior to starting your land development project.

Plat Review Process

Before a plat can be prepared, landowners and/or developers must first schedule a Concept meeting with the City of Naperville. During this meeting, the developer or landowner will discuss their development concepts and have their preliminary sketches reviewed. This opens up communication between the city and the developer. It also provides direction and insight needed to move forward with the formal land development sketches.

The developer can then submit their application for land development approval. It will be reviewed by the DRT and then returned to the developer with comments that outline any changes or revisions that must be made to move forward with the project. Final drawings must then be recorded with the county in accordance with state law.

Special Provisions for Subdivisions and Planned Unit Developments

There are many nuances in the plat approval. The commonly experienced pertain to subdivision and planned unit developments. In order to avoid wasting time or money, it is important to understand how these plats differ from others. An experienced real estate attorney can help you meet all requirements. However, some that may be relative to our project could include:

  • Certificates and/or Mylar submissions of preliminary plats are not necessary for planned units or subdivisions;
  • Subdivisions must have at least two stone or reinforced concrete monuments at opposing ends of the platted property;
  • Subdivision street names must be 12 characters or less and cannot be spelled or sound like other existing or recorded streets; and
  • Names of new subdivisions cannot be spelled or sound like any existing or recorded subdivisions within the County.

Seasoned Legal Assistance for Your Land Development Project

Whatever your land development project, the experienced Naperville real estate lawyers at Lindell & Tessitore, P.C. can help. Highly knowledgeable in the complexities of plat approvals, including those pertaining to zoning laws and potential violations, we smooth the process to save you time, stress, and money. Get the seasoned legal assistance you need. Contact us at 630-778-3818 and schedule your initial consultation today.




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