I think it must have been because of all the teardowns in Elmhurst. That HAS to be it.
I'm talking about the City of Elmhurst's requirement for a Topographic Survey for gaining approval on your building permits. I'm only building a detached garage off of our alley, and the city still makes us get one of these done. They're aren't cheap. But...it does tell us some "interesting" things about the grading of our property.
The city engineers say that these surveys are critical to ensure that anything you do on your property (building some HUGE McMansion for example) doesn't adversely affect your neighbors by throwing tons of groundwater/drainage onto their yards. I suppose that makes sense. But..the requirement for one of these to just simply build a garage is a bit steep in my opinion.
Here's what ours looks like. You can click to make the picture bigger to see the details.
I won't bore you with my politics any further, but property rights should be an issue that Republicans jump on. It goes hand-in-hand with smaller government. Speaking of smaller government....ah....that's for another day. Stay tuned!