Record #: SO2020-4586   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 9/9/2020 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards
Final action: 10/7/2020
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Sections 17-7-0600 and 17-13-0500 by modifying provisions governing special character overlay districts
Sponsors: Lightfoot, Lori E.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 17 - Chicago Zoning Ordinance - Ch. 7 Overlay Districts, MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 17 - Chicago Zoning Ordinance - Ch. 13 Review & Approval Procedures
Attachments: 1. SO2020-4586.pdf, 2. O2020-4586.pdf


SECTION 1. Section 17-7-0600 and 17-13-0500 of Title 17 ofthe Municipal Code of Chicago, the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, is hereby amended by inserting the underscored language and deleting the stricken language, as follows:

(Omitted text is unaffected by this ordinance)
17-7-0600 Special character overlay districts generally. 17-7-0601 Purpose.
17-7-0601-A The purpose of this section is to expressly authorize the establishment of special character overlay districts for neighborhoods that have unique or distinctive physical characteristics that are not generally present in other areas ofthe city, or to protect and guide development in areas that have distinctive neighborhood characteristics. Such unique or distinctive physical characteristics may come in the fonn of:
Size, shape or lot configurations that deviate greatly from the platting pattern found in other parts ofthe city;
Building types or architectural styles that conflict with base district standards, yet make a positive contribution to the physical character or livability of an area; or
Environmental or other physical features that would prevent reasonable development under applicable zoning standards^

Identifiable and cohesive neighborhood unit possessing similar development patterns and physical characteristics (for example, building features, site design, land use patterns, and natural or streetscape characteristics'); or
May be located adjacent (that is, as a buffer area) to an existing Chicago Landmark District.
17-7-0601-B The special zoning regulations that apply within special character overlay districts are intended to reduce conflicts between new construction and existing development, encourage city beaut ification and conserve the character of the city's most unique neighborhoods. Special character districts are not intended to serve as neighborhood-specific zoning rules that modify zoning standards merely because ...

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