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New zoning rules adopted last week

Published on Apr. 29, 2020 by Steven Vance

Updated on Apr. 30, 2020

Plus: New data on Chicago Cityscape

The Chicago City Council adopted rules that will require electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new construction building’s parking areas and that update bird-friendly building design policy. Additionally, an ordinance was proposed that would strengthen the review process for certain polluting uses.

The Spertus Institute building in downtown Chicago was designed by Krueck + Sexton Architects and uses glass with a frit pattern that makes it a bird-friendly design. Photo by Daniel X. O’Neil.

The new zoning rules

City Council had a virtual meeting last Friday and passed some ordinances that were set to pass in March but couldn’t because of the pandemic.

The new data

Not a week goes by that we don’t add something new.

  • Incentives Checker has one more incentive and updated data for some existing incentives. IC is one of our premier and exclusive features that checks for up to 25 financial & development incentives for any given address in Chicago. IC finds several incentives across Illinois.
  • Property sales: Every quarter we add about 23,000 property transaction records to our database, and we’re now up-to-date through March 31, 2020. Grab sales information for any area in our collection of Places, or draw your own.
  • Property info: Historically, we updated our property info database of over 1.8 million Cook County properties once a year. That was too infrequent, so we started updating the database on a daily basis (as needed, really, since few properties have new details more than once a month).
  • Property info pt. 2: Not only is Chicago Cityscape updating property info more frequently, it’s showing more data, too, including information about tax exempt status, new deed recordings (which indicate sales), and foreclosure filings. (This info was requested by a member.)

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