Illinois Land Use and Zoning

Development of land in Illinois is often subject to complicated zoning and land use regulations. Property owners and developers need to be aware of the various state and federal laws which may determine whether they will be able to secure the right to use or develop land as they desire.

Led by Noel Sterett, the Illinois land use and zoning attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have experience collaborating with planners, engineers and consultants when submitting site plans for approval and in land use and zoning litigation. We have the knowledge and understanding to address land use concerns and experience in attacking zoning ordinances that exclude uses that are appropriate for a community.

While state law controls the ability of local governments to regulate the use of land through zoning, every local community has its own rules and regulations governing the use of land. Therefore, depending on the Illinois community your property is located in, the amount of legal work will vary. The land use and zoning attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have experience working in communities throughout Northern Illinois, from Chicago to Rockford.

We also have experience applying for zoning approvals and successfully litigating zoning matters when our clients are wrongfully denied. From applying for conditional use permits and site plan applications before a Planning Commission and preparing and arguing appeals before the Zoning Boards of Appeals, to filing zoning and land use claims in federal and state courts, the professionals at Dalton & Tomich, PLC are ready to assist you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Each city is unique and has different rules and regulations about timing. Some take a few weeks, others take several years. Before we start the process of rezoning, we will review the proposed timeline with you to make sure it meets your timing with land purchase options or other client specific timing issues.

Every municipality handles land use issues differently. After reviewing your project and the procedures used by your municipality, we will be able to provide you with an estimated cost so that you can factor this into your budget and construction timeline.

Yes, we will attend meetings of your local Planning Commission, Zoning Board or other decision-making body and speak on your behalf. An attorney is often invaluable at these types of proceedings. We will also advise you of when it is likely that our presence will be helpful to you.

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