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Sustainable Development

Images reflecting department Sustainable Development initiatives: farmers' markets, open space near schools, riverfront parks and public gardens

DPD's Sustainable Development Division is responsible for creating and expanding public open space systems and developing policies and programs to advance the sustainability of the City's buildings, businesses and urban form. Long-term initiatives include waterfront access improvements, the expansion of natural habitats, improvements to the environmental performance of development sites, and the promotion of urban agriculture and other aspects of the local food system.

Most Recent News (Sustainable Development)

Mar 5, 2014 Garden and Park Expansion Projects Approved for Southwest, Northwest Sides
Feb 5, 2014 Community Garden Projects Approved for Two Chicago Neighborhoods
Feb 5, 2014 Land Sale Will Support Development of West Side Farm
Jan 15, 2014 Park and School Garden Projects Planned for West, North Sides
Nov 13, 2013 Park Improvements Move Forward on South and North Sides

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Supporting Information

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Open Space and Sustainability Plans

Adding Green to Urban Design

A Recipe for Healthy Places

Calumet Area Land Use Plan

Calumet Design Guidelines

Calumet Open Space Reserve

Chicago Nature and Wildlife Plan & Update

Chicago River Corridor Design Guidelines and Standards

Chicago River Corridor Development Plan

Chicago Riverwalk Main Branch Framework Plan

Chicago Sustainable Industries (CSI)

CitySpace Plan

Eat Local Live Healthy

Logan Square Open Space Plan

Community Plans

Central Area Plan

Central Area Action Plan

Halsted Triangle Plan

Metra Milwaukee District West Line Planning Study

Milwaukee Avenue Corridor Plan

Milwaukee/Lawrence Corridor Study

Near Northwest Side Plan

Near South Community Plan

Near West Side Plan

Reconnecting Neighborhoods

Six Corners Economic Development Master Plan

State, Wabash and Michigan Plan

Transit Friendly Development Guide



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Planning and Development

Sustainable Development Division
Department of Planning and Development
121 N. La Salle St. #1101
Chicago, IL 60602



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