Record #: SO2020-4377   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 9/9/2020 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Budget and Government Operations
Final action: 7/20/2022
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 7-28-750 and 7-28-780 regarding abandonment of motor vehicles on vacant lots
Sponsors: Ervin, Jason C., Dowell, Pat, King, Sophia D.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 7 - Health & Safety - Ch. 28 Health Nuisances
Attachments: 1. SO2020-4377.pdf, 2. O2020-4377.pdf
WHEREAS, The City of Chicago is a home rule unit of government as defined in Article VII, Section 6(a) of the Illinois Constitution; and
WHEREAS, As a home rule unit of government, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs including, but not limited to, the power to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare; and
WHEREAS, There are thousands of vacant lots in the City of Chicago, and several of such vacant lots are used for illegal dumping of household trash, construction debris, scrap metals, furniture, appliances, and other refuse or garbage; and
WHEREAS, Vacant lots are also often used for disposal of abandoned vehicles, and currently thousands of abandoned vehicles are parked in vacant lots in various parts of the City; and
WHEREAS, Vehicles parked in a vacant lot pose a quality-of-life problem by becoming an eyesore, and symbolizing and contributing to signs of disorder and decay, and by attracting other nuisances like fly-dumping; and
WHEREAS, Vehicles parked in a vacant lot pose a risk to the public health, safety or welfare as they attract criminal activities including vandalism, prostitution, sale of illegal drugs, illegal auto repair and sales activity, and arson; and
WHEREAS, Some parts of vehicles abandoned in vacant lots contain hazardous substances, in addition to gasoline and other fluids, that must be properly disposed of; now, therefore,
SECTION 1. Section 7-28-750 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by deleting the language struck through and by inserting the language underscored, as follows:
7-28-750 Screen fence required - Nuisance declared when.
(Omitted text is not affected by this ordinance)
(b) The owner of any open lot located within the City of Chicago shall affix at least one or more signs meeting the requirements of this subsection to any fence required...

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