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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)

Jul 26, 2017 Open Space Project Approved for West Town
May 24, 2017 Riverfront Park Planning Study, High School Athletic Field Approved for Southwest and Northwest Sides
Mar 29, 2017 Park, Garden Improvement Projects Approved for Six Chicago Neighborhoods
Mar 29, 2017 TIF Approved for Batting Complex in Humboldt Park
Feb 22, 2017 Land Sales Will Create, Expand Nine Neighborhood Playlots

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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

Fulton Market Innovation District

Green Healthy Neighborhoods

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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Sustainable Development Division
Department of Planning and Development
121 N. La Salle St. #905
Chicago, IL 60602



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