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MPC highlights benefits of City of Chicago's TOD Ordinance

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The Chicago TOD Ordinance provides a significant increase in allowed floor area ratio for certain projects.

Passed by the Chicago City Council in 2013, the transit-oriented development (TOD) Ordinance amends the city's zoning code to encourage new development near the city's transit stations. The ordinance provides increases in density and reductions in parking minimums for specific parcels in areas up to a quarter mile from Metra or CTA rail station entrances.

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is promoting an Equitable Transit-Oriented Development agenda in the Chicago region, and the TOD Ordinance is an essential tool to aid in the construction of denser mixed-use projects. Already, the Ordinance has resulted in several new developments being proposed, including a new five- or six-story apartment building near the Paulina Brown Line Station.

In order to provide more information about the ordinance, MPC developed a detailed page that describes the Ordinance's provisions, including a map of parcels that are likely to qualify throughout the city. Explore the Chicago TOD Ordinance's provisions at


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