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Chicago zoning recommendations get first public hearing; MPC briefs media on rewrite process

As zoning reform moves ahead in Chicago with public hearings, MPC will provide background and information on remaining steps at a January media briefing.

The first public hearing to consider zoning ordinance changes was held by the Zoning Committee of the Chicago City Council on Dec. 19.  The Committee will take testimony on residential and open space recommendations. Since the historic rewrite process began in 2001, MPC has played a significant role, working to ensure community input through focus groups in the summer of 2001, and through workshops this fall to introduce community groups to the mapping stage of the process. MPC made nine recommendations to the Mayor's Zoning Reform Commission, all of which were incorporated into interim reports on the plan.

A high level of citizen participation has made this rewrite process stronger.  Zoning Committee hearings are another critical opportunity for that input. 
MPC will hold a briefing for reporters to describe the progress and pitfalls of the zoning rewrite process in depth.  A community representative will talk about the mapping experience at the neighborhood level. In addition, MPC will outline the remaining steps in the process.

The briefing has been postponed.  Contact Kim Grimshaw Bolton, MPC Communications Director, at 312-863-6020, for updated information when a new date is confirmed. 

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