A revised Illinois Accessibility Code went into effect on October 23, 2018, and includes several changes that Illinois and Chicago developers and architects should know. Some of the changes may impact egress design, parking layout, kitchen spaces, laundry rooms, and converting adaptable dwelling units.
New capital investments made to property in Opportunity Zones in Chicago have the potential to disrupt neighborhoods and displace people who live in the 135 Opportunity Zones. Investments should be made contextually, with respect to existing residents and neighborhood-level plans.
It’s going to take a long time to digest the changes in the 735 pages of Chicago Building Code updates.
A new change in Chicago’s municipal code exempts some murals from needing a sign permit, and allows for muralists to acknowledge the sponsor. (Mural by Don’t Fret in South Shore, photo by Eric Allix Rogers)
Under state legislation supported by new Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi, owners of most income-producing property would have to submit data showing the property’s income. Farms, small apartment buildings, and select other properties would be excluded.
Get a sense of where the Opportunity Zones in Chicago are, and see how MAPS can help investors, Opportunity Fund managers, architects, and developers find and assess suitable investment properties.
Standpipe rules have changed for mid-rise buildings in Chicago permitted after February 1, 2019.
Chicago’s City Council adopted a new rule for vacant building owners. In addition to registering, owners of unsecured vacant buildings must provide 24-hour security. Read the whole post to see what other regulations apply to vacant buildings.
The Zoning Board of Appeals hears zoning application appeals, requests for variations from the zoning code, and requests for a special use permit. One of the most commonly granted variations is for changes in a property’s required setbacks. Mayor Emanuel recently replaced two members of the ZBA.
Emanuel introduced a package of ethics reforms at January’s City Council meeting. One of them would require that the Zoning Committee vote on all rezoning applications, so that none of them could sit indefinitely.