What gives IDOT the right to record a corridor? Illinois Statutes (Illinois Highway Code -605 ILCS 5/4-510)
give the Department the authority to establish and protect
rights of way for future additions to the state highway system
and prevent costly and conflicting development of the land
When will IDOT start buying the affected properties?
When a property owner within the protected corridor notifies IDOT
that they plan to develop or improve their property , the Department
has 45 days to decide whether or not to purchase the property .IDOT
will only purchase the property if the proposed improvement
conflicts with their goal of protecting the corridor from further
development. As funding for land acquisition becomes available
following the Record of Decision, additional properties may be
Can I sell my house? Corridor Protection does not place restrictions on selling
property, only improvements to property.
What happens if I have an improvement already in progress?
The Department should be notified for any physical
improvements started after the Corridor Protection Map is
Will I be compensated for the change in property value due
to being identified within the corridor? Corridor Protection is not considered a property take;
compensation will occur if and when the property is purchased.
Compensation will be based on an appraiser's estimates of value
at the time of actual purchase.
What happens to the recorded corridor that's been in
place since 2002? IDOT held a public hearing in July 2007 to alter the
protected corridor, eliminate it where it is no longer needed,
and record the new B5 corridor alignment. The new Corridor
Protection Map was approved on November 8, 2007.
My property is within the Corridor Protection, but the
new alignments do not go through my property. Can IDOT
remove the Corridor Protection now? The Corridor Protection was revised to reflect the alignment
after a preferred alternative was identified. The
amendment process for Corridor Protection required a preliminary
map be prepared, a public meeting to be held, a comment period
to allow for public input in the map changes, the final map
revisions to be made, and the new map to be approved in a Record
of Hearing. Letters were sent to property owners in both
the old and new Corridor Protection advising them of their
status. The new Corridor Protection Map supersedes the
2002 Map, and is recorded in each of the 3 affected counties.