How to locate vacant property near CTA's eight 'L' lines
This tutorial will demonstrate how to use Property Finder in a Place Snapshot (for any of CTA's eight 'L' lines) to find vacant property, especially those that are in the "Transit-Served Location" (TSL) areas. The Transit-Served Location ordinance is commonly known as "TOD", for "Transit-Oriented Development".
This tutorial will also work for any Place Snapshot, including transit-specific Place Snapshots like Metra's commuter rail lines and the eligible bus route corridors.
What this tutorial will cover
The tutorial will show you how to locate properties near a CTA 'L' line that have the following characteristics:
- Within a B, C, D, or M zoning district (the only zoning districts where the TSL ordinance applies)
- Has the property classification of "Vacant Land (1-00)"
- Within 1,320 feet of a CTA or Metra station, or eligible bus route corridor (this is what we call a "transity facility")
- Or, within 2,640 feet of a transit facility and is on a Pedestrian Street
Begin with the Green Line
- After you've signed in to a paid Cityscape account, open the Place Snapshot for the Green Line (all segments).
- Next, click the "Property Finder" button under the map. This will open a table and box of filters. The map will load 10 properties (also called parcels) ordered by their Property Index Number (PIN).
Then, locate these filters and change them to the specified option:
- "Change the search area": 1,320 feet
- "Filter by transit/TOD proximity": Within 1,320 feet
- "Filter by zoning": search for "TOD" and select that option to narrow down to the right zoning districts
- "Filter by Property Class": type in "1-00" and select the select "Vacant Land (1-00)"
Finally, click the "Apply filters" button.
Feel free to remove and add other filters as needed. For example:
- Select a different property class
- Choose "Chicago-owned land" in the "Special filters" list
- Show properties in a QAP or incentive area like an Enterprise Zone
- Filter by minimum or maximum lot size
Users are cautioned about long processing times. In large areas, if there are too few filters, the processing time may exceed one or even five minutes. However, with a property class filter applied, the processing time will often be less than one minute.
- There are approximately 476 vacant lots along the Green Line (all branches) meeting the city's TOD requirements.
- You can see some clustering around the Kedzie and California Green Line stations, and the Western Avenue bus route corridor.
Tip: Only the first 10 properties will appear. You can change that number to 500 to show all resulting properties. You can apply more filters to find city-owned land.
The screenshot below shows the four filters applied int this tutorial.
The second screenshot shows the clustering of vacant lots in the East Garfield Park and Near West Side community areas.