When developers are making plans for a new construction project, they
may opt to install the utilities they need and then sell the completed
system to the local government for general public use and maintenance.
This arrangement, known as a recapture agreement, allows the developer
to handle the utility installation process instead of taking up
resources in the local Public Works department. The local municipality
agrees to buy the completed system from the developer according to an
agreed-upon fee schedule. This schedule has to be approved by the local
board and created into an ordinance to officially approve the use of
As of 2011, the Village of Lincolnshire has 15 active recapture
areas. This impacts daily operations because these agreements have to be
referenced any time the Village receives a building permit application.
If someone applies to do work in a recapture area, he or she may be
responsible for paying an access fee to the developer to use the utility
system. By creating a map of recapture areas, Public Works
administrators can quickly check a permit application’s location to
determine whether or not it falls into a recapture area. If it does, the
applicant will be notified of any corresponding financial
Lincolnshire’s recapture map is currently being used in print form,
but will soon be available in MapOffice™ Advanced as a custom overlay.
This will allow Village staff to search electronically for an address
and determine immediately whether it falls into a recapture area. Thanks
to this application of GIS technology, the Village is saving time and
money by completing a once labor-intensive process in a matter of