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Equitable TOD

Fostering affordable transit-oriented development around the region

Chicago’s TOD Ordinance

The City of Chicago recently increased incentives for quality development near transit stations through the TOD ordinance. MPC supports these incentives as one important step toward increasing transit ridership in our region: When more people live and work near transit, more people use transit. Learn more below about the city's new incentives and view a map that identifies city parcels likely to qualify. Please review the TOD ordinance text and the city's zoning ordinance for definitive information about the effects of the ordinance on specific parcels.

Areas where TOD ordinance applies

Applicability of specific TOD ordinance provisions depends on the zoning of the parcel on which a new building or rehab is occcuring. The ordinance rarely applies to non-arterial streets, as it does not affect areas zoned Residential.


Off-street parking requirements

In B, C, D and M districts

Each otherwise required parking space replaced must be compensated by at least one bicycle space.
Any reduction in spaces greater than 50 percent must be approved under Administrative Adjustment procedures.


Floor area ratio (FAR)

In B-3, C-3 and D-3 districts

Ordinance applies when vehicular parking is reduced by 50 percent or more.
Project must be reviewed and approved under planned development procedures.


Maximum building height

In B-3 and C-3 districts

Ordinance applies when vehicular parking is reduced by 50% or more.
Project must be reviewed and approved under Type 1 Zoning Map Amendment procedures.


Minimum lot area per unit (MLA)

In B-3, C-3 and D-3 districts

Ordinance applies when vehicular parking is reduced by 50% or more.
Project must be reviewed and approved under Type 1 Zoning Map Amendment procedures.


Map of parcels likely qualifying for TOD ordinance provisions

View this map full screen (ideal for iPads and other tablets).

Source: MPC calculations based on City of Chicago's TOD ordinance. Note: This map is for reference only. Zoning and other mapped information is not guaranteed to be current or accurate.

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