We have a typical subdivision review process in our mostly built-out 2nd/3rd ring suburb. It consists of the mainstays: submission of Preliminary Plats of Subdivision with full engineering, etc. then most go to Plan Commission and Village Board for prelim and final review and all impact fees must be paid prior to final approval. This is a typical process, in my experience, and can take between 5-12 months on average (depending on developer and consultants)
Well, we have a requirement in the Subdivision regulations that require lot consolidation for single-family when the property owner wishes to purchase an adjoining property and incorporate it in order to do a unified development with the existing property (ie. large addition, one new giant house, etc.)
This proposal would require full Subdivision review for a consolidation (subdivision to consolidate multiple lots into one) which is generally geared with larger, more experienced developers in mind. But do to a recent project it was determined the typical subdivision process might be too onerous for the homeowner (as in this case).
So...does anyone have thoughts about how to create a new process or slight change to existing porcess that would make this easier and quicker for the petitioner. I am thinking that maybe a new process that is quicker and less costly but similar to a subdivision process, or something else completely.
BTW, this requirement was part of our efforts to reign in the rampant residential teardowns here. Before, one could buy as many contiguous lots as one wishes and build a house as big as the underlying zoning would permit on that zoning lot.