Land Use and Zoning

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Our land use and zoning lawyers help clients securing the government entitlements needed to  develop their projects.  We understand the legal and political requirements for overcoming regulatory hurdles, securing expeditious approvals, obtaining financial incentives and winning public support. Our group includes lawyers with extensive experience winning government approvals for development projects throughout the City of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

We represent both large and small private sector clients on a broad range of land use and zoning issues including:

  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • Business districts
  • Sales tax sharing agreements
  • Special Service Areas (SSAs) and special assessments
  • Debt financing
  • Annexations and annexation agreements
  • Rezoning
  • Special uses and variances
  • Subdivision approvals
  • Planned developments
  • Development agreements
  • Wetlands regulations
  • Covenants and restrictions
  • Impact fees and exactions
  • Eminent domain
  • Historic preservation
  • Solid waste facility siting

As part of our work, we appear before boards and commissions in legislative, administrative and quasi-judicial hearings as well as in litigation involving land use and zoning issues. Among our areas of concentration is our deep experience working with unique and often controversial land use issues such as landfills, waste transfer stations, power plants and telecommunications tower sitings.