Regulating the Division of Land
The Building and Zoning Department is charged with regulating the division of land in the unincorporated areas of McLean County. The Land Subdivision Regulations were adopted in 1970 pursuant to Chapter 55, Section 5/5, Paragraph 1041 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes. The regulations were extensively revised in 1986.

Any time a tract of land in the County outside any city, town, or village is split into two or more parts it may be subject to meeting subdivision requirements. If it is determined that the split does not fall under the definition of a subdivision, then a plat prepared by a licensed surveyor must be submitted for approval to the County.

Preliminary Plan
In some instances a preliminary plan showing the layout concept of a tract, including streets and lots proposed, must be approved prior to submission of a final plat of the land to be divided. Once a preliminary plan is approved, portions of the plan may be submitted in stages for final plat approval. The preliminary plan process includes an initial staff review, a public hearing in front of the Land Use and Development Committee of the County Board, and final approval by the County Board.

Final Plat
Once a final plat of a subdivision is approved and recorded in the office of the McLean County Recorder, the newly created lots may be conveyed by lot description.

One Lot Subdivision
Even one lot subdivision must often be approved by the County. In some instances, the single lot will be exempt from meeting subdivision regulations. In others, the one-lot subdivision may be approved by the director of Building and Zoning in their capacity as plat officer. Some one-lot subdivisions must be finally approved by the County Board after review and recommendation by the Land Use Committee of the McLean County Board.

For More Information
If you have any questions or would like more details, please contact the Building and Zoning Department at (309) 888-5160.