Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen professionals assist clients in obtaining entitlements associated with real estate development, such as re-zonings, planned developments, subdivisions, special use permits, variances, annexations and tax increment financing. We pride ourselves on our ability to work well with the professional staff and elected officials of the municipalities in which we work. For each project, we develop a comprehensive strategy based on our substantive knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework involved and the particular development needs of our client.
We often begin working with a client in the very early stages of development to ensure that the client’s development goals can be achieved in accordance with applicable laws and ordinances. We adopt a team approach, working with the client’s design professionals and bringing in other consultants and experts, as needed. Because we understand that the success of any development is dependent on the granting of all necessary entitlements, we are committed to ensuring that our clients’ projects achieve a successful outcome in the public arena.
Our practice is active in the City of Chicago and throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area. We have appeared before numerous governmental bodies, including local zoning boards, plan commissions and city councils.