Zoning Matters in Chicago
Reasons for Reform: Chicago's zoning code dated from 1957 and no longer served the needs of the city. The reform goals that Chicago sought to achieve with a new code were: to protect property values, enhance the character of neighborhoods, strengthen retail areas, and promote job growth.
Reform Timetable: The rewrite of the code began in July 2000, and a new code took effect in November 2004. Chicago is currently remapping the City working closely with council members and community organizations.
- A new zoning designation for Parks and Open Space Districts provides greater protection from development
- Industrial Corridors and Planned Manufacturing Districts help attract industry and preserve the city's manufacturing economy
- Incentives are in place for accessible housing for people with disabilities and seniors
- Increased density near mass transit stations promotes transit-oriented development
A "Pedestrian Street" designation that contains design and development standards helps preserve the character and unique fabric of Chicago's neighborhoods.
Link: To view Chicago's Department of Zoning website, click here.