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With the signs that the economy is improving, long delayed projects are ripe for a new beginning.

Fornaro Law has practiced on the private side representing developers and in the public sector representing municipalities.

Fornaro Law can assist you with variation, special use and text amendments but also can negotiate and draft development agreements and easements.

Zoning provides an opportunity to add value to all of the following projects:

  • Land use
  • Special use
  • Planned unit development
  • Text Amendments
  • Map Amendments
  • Variations
  • Subdivisions

At times, a real estate project cannot be viable without a municipality providing economic incentives to the developer.

Accessing these incentives requires:

  • Familiarity with the zoning process in the specified area
  • Efficiency in negotiating with municipalities to obtain economic incentives such as:
    • Tax increment financing
    • Sales tax incentives
    • Developer notes
    • Special service areas
    • Special assessment arrangements
    • 6(b) and Class E Cook County incentives for its clients

Having a zoning attorney is critical to navigating each municipality’s unique zoning process. Every jurisdiction has its own rules and regulations.

Whether you have a complex or simple land use matter, your attorney should also be involved in local municipal hearings.

Fornaro Law has represented private developers in at least 32 municipalities around the Western suburbs in zoning, liquor licenses, eminent domain, economic incentives, special service areas, easements, and other land use matters.

Fornaro Law has represented municipalities in the public sector and prepares and negotiates development and real estate agreements with municipalities and other developers.

Municipalities and Agencies that Fornaro Law represents:

  • Village of Broadview
  • Town of Cicero Library
  • Berwyn Development Corporation

Municipalities in which the Firm has represented private clients:

  • Bellwood
  • Berkeley
  • Berwyn
  • Bellwood
  • Berkeley
  • Bloomingdale
  • Broadview
  • Brookfield
  • Burr Ridge
  • City of Chicago
  • Cook County Board
  • Countryside
  • Cicero
  • DuPage County Board
  • Glen Ellyn
  • Hillside
  • Indian Head Park
  • Justice
  • La Grange
  • Maywood
  • Melrose Park
  • North Aurora
  • Summit
  • West Chicago
  • Westchester
  • Westmont
  • Western Springs
  • Willow Springs
  • Willowbrook

Philip Fornaro has been litigating in state, federal and local courts since 1995. Philip has years of trial experience and has been heavily involved in motion practice concentrating in municipal, commercial, and real estate litigation during that time period. Recently, Philip was involved in an interest arbitration matter involving the Fraternal Order of Police in which the Village prevailed on the wage contest based on a unique argument regarding external and internal comparables.

Mark Scarlato received the 2013 Litigation Award from the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association for his successful defense of the Patrick Engineering vs. City of Naperville case which was tried before the Supreme Court of Illinois. Mark was also involved in a significant appellate case entitled Naperville vs the Fraternal Order of Police in which his arguments were adopted.

Philip Fornaro, Charles Topping and Mark Scarlato have been litigating a first amendment adult use case in Federal Court since 2009 as Village of Broadview’s counsel.