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Subdivision Plat Procedures
Easement Specifications

The following easements are required by the City and the utility companies franchised by the City to meet their present and future needs.

1. Single Family Residential Lots

  • a. Five foot wide side yard easements (minimum) for a total of 10 feet.  At a side yard adjoining the subdivision boundary the minimum easement width shall be 10 feet.   The Public Utilities and Drainage Easement Provisions statement shall be shown.
  • b. Ten foot wide rear yard easements (minimum).
  • c. At side yards which contain two underground pipe mains the minimum easement shall be 7.5 feet in width for a total of 15 feet. The easement width shall be increased based on the size and depth of the underground pipe or wires involved.
  • d. At side yard stormwater overflow routes, an easement will be required in the side yard of the lots involved to provide necessary space for the stormwater to flow properly.  The side yard easements at these locations will be increased from the standard 5-foot width to match the cross section width shown in the civil engineering plans for the development.  If no cross section width is given, the minimum side yard easement at stormwater overflow routes shall be 7.5 feet in width for a total of 15 feet.  If the stormwater overflow route occurs at a side yard adjoining the subdivision boundary the minimum easement width shall be15 feet unless the civil engineering plans for the development specify a cross section width.  However, at a side yard adjoining the subdivision boundary the minimum easement width shall not be less than 10 feet.
  • e. An easement may be required in the front yard of certain lots to provide necessary workspace to service underground pipes and wires which are within the road right-of-way adjacent to the front property line of the lot.  The minimum easement width at these locations is 5 feet.  The  easement width shall be increased based on the size and depth of the underground pipe or wires involved.

2. Commercial or Industrial Lots

  • a. Ten foot wide side yard easements (minimum) for a total of 20 feet.  At a side yard adjoining the subdivision boundary the minimum easement width shall be 20 feet. The Public Utilities and Drainage Easement Provisions statement shall be shown.
  • b. Twenty foot wide rear yard easements (minimum).
  • c. The width of the easements shall be increased based on the size and depth of the underground pipe or wires involved.
  • d. At stormwater overflow routes an easement will be required to provide necessary space for the stormwater to flow properly.  The easements at these locations will be increased from the standard width to match the cross section width shown in the civil engineering plans for the development.  If no cross section width is given, the minimum side yard easement at stormwater overflow routes shall be 10 feet in width for a total of 20 feet.  If the stormwater overflow route occurs at a side yard adjoining the subdivision boundary the minimum easement width shall be 20 feet unless the civil engineering plans for the development specify a cross section width.  However, at a side yard adjoining the subdivision boundary the minimum easement width shall not be less than 10 feet.
  • e. An easement may be required in the front yard of certain lots to provide necessary workspace to service underground pipes and wires which are within the road right-of-way adjacent to the front property line of the lot.  The minimum easement width at these locations is 5 feet.  The easement width shall be increased based on the size and depth of the underground pipe or wires involved.
  • f. Alternately, a "blanket style" public utilities and drainage easement could be granted.  The "blanket style" easement covers all areas of the development except the buildings, public roads and park lots shown on the plat map.  The exception language can be adjusted slightly to account for applicable variables.  The "blanket style" easement has numerous advantages for both the developer and the City.  Mainly, it avoids the expense associated with strip type easements. The "blanket style" Public Utilities and Drainage Easement Provisions statement shall be shown.

3. At Multi Family Planned Unit Developments, the City staff recommends that a "blanket style" public utilities and drainage easement be granted. The "blanket style" easement covers all areas of the development except the buildings,  public roads and park lots shown on the plat map.  The exception language can  be adjusted slightly to account for applicable variables.  The "blanket style" easement has numerous advantages for both the developer and the City.  Mainly, it avoids the expense associated with strip type easements. The "blanket style" Public Utilities and Drainage Easement Provisions statement shall be shown.

4. At Stormwater Management Facility Areas to be Owned by the Naperville Park District, the City requires a 10 foot wide perimeter public utilities and drainage easement along the interior property lines of the lot, except along the adjoining public roads.  The City requires a stormwater management easement to be granted over the stormwater management area(s) subject to the Stormwater Management Easement Provisions statement also required. The Storm Water Management Easement shall not be granted over the 10-foot wide perimeter public utilities and drainage easement along the interior property lines of the lot.  The Stormwater Management Easement Provisions statement shall be shown.

5. At Stormwater Management Facility Areas to be Maintained by the Homeowners Association, the City requires a 10 foot wide perimeter public utilities and drainage easement along the interior property lines of the lot, including along the adjoining public roads.  The City requires a stormwater management easement to be granted over the stormwater management area(s) subject to the Storm Water Management Easement and Covenant Provisions statement also required. The Stormwater Management Easement shall not be granted over the 10-foot wide perimeter public utilities and drainage easement along the property lines of the lot. The Storm Water Management Easement and Covenant Provisions statement shall be shown.  If necessary, the developer's consultant shall revise the references to the "Homeowners association" to "property owner" or other entity responsible for such maintenance.

6. The City requires that at all developments which have frontage on Arterial Roads  an "Exclusive Special Utility, Drainage and Sidewalk Easement" be granted to the City.  The easement shall be a minimum of 20 feet wide as measured perpendicular to the road right-of-way line.  Where the development has ownership of the land on both sides of the Arterial Road then a 20-foot wide easement shall be granted on each side of the road. The easements along the Arterial Road shall be subject to the terms and conditions contained in the Exclusive Special Utility, Drainage and Sidewalk Easement Provisions  (PDF) statement.

7. Park lots shall have a 10-foot wide perimeter public utilities and drainage easement granted over along the interior property lines of the lot.  No utility lines or public utilities easements are allowed to cross other portions of the Park Lot without the prior written consent of the Park District management.

We have provided examples of the most common easements and easement provisions statements approved by the City.  If anyone has a question about specialized easements or specialized easement provisions statements, contact Alex Clegg at clegga@naperville.il.us.

Provision language is provided in the PDF documents below for the following easements:

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