Land use and zoning attorney Steven Elrod shared his knowledge on Illinois rezoning, variances and conditional use permits with Super Lawyers.
"Getting zoning relief is often an elongated, expensive and typically discretionary process," said Mr. Elrod, who works on behalf of municipalities as well as property owners. "If your proposed use can be built as of right, meaning without any relief from the municipality, you're a step ahead of the game. If the proposed use requires change, a careful analysis of the zoning code frequently can provide not only a road map to the relief requested, but some rewards and hidden nuggets that a zoning lawyer would be able to find."
He explained the importance of fully understanding the various codes and permits required for development projects and how, "because every municipality is different in understanding what is required, what the process is, whether there will be a recommending body before which to testify or a final public body," it can be tough for "someone not experienced with the land use process or what we sometimes refer to as the zoning game."
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