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Public given last opportunity to comment on revisions to Chicago’s zoning ordinance

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.

After four long years, the Mayor’s Zoning Reform Commission has completed the draft text of Chicago’s new zoning ordinance. The draft text will be brought before a Special Hearing of the Committee on Zoning for its approval on May 17, 2004 at 10 a.m. in City Council Chambers at 121 N. LaSalle Street.

As MPC urged in its March 6, 2003 testimony, the Committee will entertain one last round of public comment on the draft text in its entirety (For MPC’s testimony on the public comment period, click here.) This represents the final opportunity for the public to comment on the ordinance before the Committee passes it on to the full City Council, which is expected to adopt the ordinance at its May 26, 2004 meeting.

Residents and community groups can offer testimony in writing and in person at the May 17 committee hearing or submit written testimony via the Mayor’s Zoning Reform Commission’s Web site, which also includes the full draft text of the ordinance.

The new zoning ordinance will spell out rules and regulations for developments like this new building in Chicago's West Town community.  Zoning dictates the type, size, location, and character of development projects.

Once the City Council adopts the text, however, the zoning reform process is far from over...

While the new rules for development will be officially adopted on paper, the City will still need to update official zoning maps showing where new rules apply. A preliminary conversion chart, which will take effect six months after the ordinance passes, will partially guide the mapping process. The task of addressing any larger community zoning issues will then fall to each individual alderman, with help from the Department of Planning and Development. MPC urges residents and community groups to gather information about zoning issues in their neighborhoods and work with their aldermen to ensure that their issues are addressed during the mapping process. MPC created the Zoning Change Strategy to help communities prepare for the mapping process. MPC will prepare a package for community groups to conduct the strategy on their own in the coming weeks on this Web site.

For more background information on MPC's Zoning Change Strategy , click here.

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