Land Use Planning and Policy

DPD's Land Use Planning and Policy Division develops and implements citywide and neighborhood land use plans and manages the Chicago Plan Commission. It also reviews planned developments, lakefront protection applications, and proposed zoning changes in industrial corridors.

Lakefront Protection Review
The Chicago Plan Commission reviews and holds public hearings on certain development projects within proximity of the City's Lake Michigan shoreline in accordance with the Lake Michigan and Chicago Lakefront Protection Ordinance.
Part II Review
Part II review involves a review of plans prior to construction to ensure that the development conforms with every aspect of the approved PD amendment.
Planned Development Designations
The Planned Development (PD) zoning designation is required for certain projects to ensure adequate public review, encourage unified planning and development, promote economically beneficial development patterns that are compatible with the character of existing neighborhoods, allow design flexibility, and encourage the protection and conservation of the city's natural resources.