Examples of Easements

Horizon Farms

In 1983, William McGinley and his family bought a farm in Barrington Hills that was subsequently named Horizon Farms by their son, Robert McGinley

Under the terms of the easement, the property can be divided into a maximum of eight lots, rather than the 80 homes that could be developed under the Village of Barrington Hill’s five-acre zoning requirements. In addition, more than 80 acres of Goose Lake, wetlands and forests are protected as natural areas.

The Grantor reserves the right to continue traditional equestrian activities, such as hunting with hounds, steeplechases, trail rides, polo, and horse shows. However, the owner is not required to continue these events. The easement document, as well as the revised document, approved by the courts in 2007, is public information and is available by contacting our office.

In 2006, the McGinley family sold the farm to Royal Properties, which was controlled by Richard Cannon and Meryl Squires Cannon, who continued to operate it as an equestrian facility. Robert McGinley retained 14 acres of the farm and a residence.

In June 2009, Amcore Bank filed a foreclosure request with the Circuit Court of Cook County against Royal Properties, Richard Cannon, Meryl Squires Cannon and other defendants. Robert McGinley’s residence and land were not part of the foreclosure proceedings.

The notes secured by the mortgage were put up for sale and purchased by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Forest Preserve District (FPDCC) in 2013.

White Property Conservation Easement

BACT founder Mary Bradford-White and her husband, Lynn White, placed a 5.4-acre easement on their Oakdene Road East property to protect the unique marsh and wetland that runs adjacent to Flint Creek as well as to limit the uses of other portions of the property. “This strategy works and is very effective for permanently protecting land here,” said Mary Bradford-White. “Our residents need to act – and act quickly – and we are proud to do our part.”