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How will Chicago's new zoning ordinance affect you?

The Chicago Zoning Ordinance rewrite process is well underway. Do you know how it will affect your property, block and community? MPC can provide technical assistance to your community group or block club, to prepare for the City's upcoming zoning changes.

The ink is just drying on the first proposed changes to the City’s zoning ordinance in almost 50 years.  Do you know how this new zoning ordinance will affect you, your neighborhood and your community?  The first module of text, released for comment at a public hearing in December 2002, proposes new rules for Chicago’s residential properties and open spaces.   Chapters covering commercial strips, industrial properties, parking and pedestrian-oriented streets will soon follow.  By early this summer, the City expects to ratify the text portion of the new ordinance and begin the critical mapping phase, in which the new zoning regulations will be applied on a district-by-district basis in Chicago’s neighborhoods.  What do you need to know about zoning, and how can you prepare for the upcoming changes?  To answer these questions, MPC is offering brief technical assistance training to local groups and aldermen and providing materials so they can lead their constituents in a planning process to prepare for re-mapping.

“Zoning What You Need to Know” introduces basic zoning concepts.  “Community Map Preparation and Zoning Change Strategy,” * outlines MPC’s recommended process for community organizations in preparing for the mapping stage, expected to begin in mid-2003.    

For more information contact Heather Campbell, MPC Urban Development Associate, at 312-863-6006.

*Please note that the presentations are large and may take some time to download.

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