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Record #: O2020-5711   
Type: Ordinance Status: Introduced
Intro date: 11/16/2020 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Housing and Real Estate
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 2-44 by modifying Section 2-44-080 regarding 2015 affordable housing commitment and adding new Section 2-44-085 entitled "Chicago Inclusive Housing Ordinance"
Sponsors: Hadden, Maria E. , La Spata, Daniel , Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Maldonado, Roberto, Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Martin, Matthew J. , Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Rodriguez, Michael D.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 44 Dept. of Housing
Attachments: 1. O2020-5711.pdf
ORDINANCE
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago ("City") is a home rule unit of government under Section 6(a), Article VII of the 1970 Constitution of the State of Illinois and may exercise any power related to its local governmental affairs; and

WHEREAS, the City has the fastest developing downtown area of any major U.S. city, and the downtown residential housing market is expected to add nearly 5,000 new residential units over the next two years; and

WHEREAS, while many of the City's neighborhoods are benefitting from economic growth, resulting in the displacement of low-income residents, other neighborhoods have still to recover from the recession or the unprecedented downturn in the housing market; and

WHEREAS, the City continues to experience a shortage of affordable housing, especially in high-income and gentrifying neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, the lack of affordable housing is a critical problem, which threatens the economic and social quality of life in the City; and

WHEREAS, the passage of this reform ordinance will result in the creation of more affordable housing units in all areas of the City, including high-income and gentrifying areas; and

WHEREAS, as part of the City affordable housing program, the commissioner of planning and development will investigate securing non-city resources and incentives for maximizing the creation of affordable housing, including real estate property tax credits for owners of buildings that maintain affordable housing units;

WHEREAS, the 2007 ARO and 2015 ARO (collectively, "ARO") have failed to produce a meaningful number of affordable housing units on-site in developing areas, with the ARO Dashboard showing that only 434 affordable units have been developed on-site, thus failing to achieve the intended effect of inclusionary development; and

WHEREAS, there is a particularly dire shortage of affordable family-sized housing, which threatens the stability and funding of public schools in gentrifying communities as families are...

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