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Record #: O2017-6227   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 9/6/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation
Final action: 10/11/2017
Title: Expenditure of Open Space Impact Fee funds and grant agreement with NeighborSpace for development of community garden at 5346 N Ravenswood Ave
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm
Topic: ENERGY/ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES - Open Space Impact Fees
Attachments: 1. O2017-6227.pdf
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
RAHM EMANUEL
MAYOR
September 6, 2017










TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

At the request of the Commissioner of Planning and Development, I transmit herewith an ordinance authorizing an expenditure of Open Space Impact Fee Funds for NeighborSpace.

Your favorable consideration of this ordinance will be appreciated.

Mayor


Very truly yours,
ORDINANCE

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago (the "City"), is a home rule unit of government under Article VII, Section 6(a) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and as such may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs; and

WHEREAS, the City is authorized under its home rule powers to regulate the use and development of land; and

WHEREAS, it is a reasonable condition of development approval to ensure that adequate open space and recreational facilities exist within the City; and

WHEREAS, on April 1, 1998, the City Council of the City (the "City Council") adopted the Open Space Impact Fee Ordinance codified at Chapter 18 of Title 16 (the "Open Space Ordinance") of the Municipal Code of Chicago (the "Code") to address the need for additional public space and recreational facilities for the benefit of the residents of newly created residential developments in the City; and

WHEREAS, the Open Space Ordinance authorizes, among other things, the collection of fees from residential developments that create new dwelling units without contributing a proportionate share of open space and recreational facilities for the benefit of their residents as part of the overall development (the "Fee-Paying Developments"); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Open Space Ordinance, the Department of Finance ("DOF") has collected fees derived from the Fee-Paying Developments (the "Open Space Fees") and has deposited those fees in separate funds, each fund corresponding to the "Community Area" (as defined in the Open S...

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