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MPC Applies Zoning Solution to Grand Avenue Challenge

MPC February 2004 Media Tips

It’s a growing problem in Chicago, as new housing crops up: conflicts arise between the historic neighborhood users and newcomers. The Industrial Council of Near West Chicago asked MPC for help in making peace between the Kinzie Planned Manufacturing District to the south of Grand Avenue, and an increasingly residential neighborhood to the north.

The solution was in the Mayor’s Zoning Reform Commission’s proposed Chicago zoning ordinance. “In the new text there are tools designed to resolve just this type of conflict,” said Peter Skosey, MPC vice president of external relations. “The C3 district will be a buffer zone between noisy, truck-filled manufacturing areas and the sidewalks, parks, and slower streets you want in a residential area.”

The fifth and final module of the new zoning ordinance, dealing with the Central Area, was introduced to the City Council in mid-February, and will be voted on by the Zoning Committee March 4, 2004. MPC has been working in partnership with aldermen and community groups in Lawndale, Logan Square, Rogers Park, South Chicago, and West Town on a Zoning Change Strategy to prepare for remapping neighborhoods when the complete ordinance is passed, expected within three months.

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