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Conservation easements still the way to go for agricultural preservation
Illinois Senate Bill 286, which would have empowered county governments to create farmland preservation easement programs, died in the House on May 7, 2009. One argument against easements is that zoning is an effective tool to preserve farms. MPC offers a handful of reasons to the contrary.
Setting the Standard: A Practical Discussion for Developers Considering LEED-ND
MPC roundtable connects developers with LEED-ND experts from around the region to build further understanding of and support for a development rating system that encourages sustainable communities.
Within Chicago’s Reach: Building Transit Friendly Neighborhoods for All
  • Jan 14, 2008
MPC’s Winter 2008 Roundtable, “Within Our Reach: Your World in Half a Mile,” captured the attention of planners, developers, elected officials, and community groups from around the region, as it explored the opportunities and challenges to integrating neighborhood development with transit service.
North Lawndale: A Survey of Existing Conditions
Click here for a PDF version of North Lawndale: A Survey of Existing Conditions.
Chicago Welcomes Rail~Volution 2006: Paths to Prosperity
Attend Rail~Volution 2006 in Chicago, Nov. 5-8, and learn how you can help shape the future development of the Chicago region.
Rogers Park is first to remap with new zoning code
  • Sep 19, 2005
North side community uses MPC’s Zoning Change Strategy, creating a new Chicago model for remapping
Chicago Unveils Plans for Zoning Remapping Strategy
Deputy Planning Commissioner Sam Assefa outlines the City's plans for zoning remapping, expected to occur over the next 12 to 16 months.
Chicago’s New Zoning Code: In Effect … or Not?
  • Sep 7, 2004
November 1st was the target date for Chicago's new zoning code to kick in, but the code's popularity among city officials prompted the city to move the effective date up by several months.
First Facelift Since ‘57--Chicago Officials Anxious to Use New Zoning Code
  • Jul 8, 2004
City considers moving up effective date of zoning ordinance due to interest from aldermen who want to use the code.
Public given last opportunity to comment on revisions to Chicago’s zoning ordinance
  • May 4, 2004
The City of Chicago Committee on Zoning will hold a special hearing on May 17 to review the final draft text of the City's new zoning code. The Committee is expected to take one last round of public comment on the proposed code and then transmit it to City Council for its approval in late May.

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