UPDATED Nov. 16, 2018
The North Branch Framework is a land use plan for 760 acres along the Chicago River between Kinzie Street and Fullerton Avenue. It is the first framework developed as a part of Mayor Emanuel’s Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative, a multi-year effort to review Chicago’s designated industrial corridors.
The plan, adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in May 2017, includes modern land use parameters that will be used by the Chicago Plan Commission, City Council, and the public to assess future development proposals and land use transitions in the North Branch. Its implementation is ongoing.
The framework's three main goals are to:
In July 2017, City Council approved an ordinance that acts as the initial step to implement the North Branch Framework's multi-year goals to accommodate mixed-use business growth within the corridor while generating funds for industrial and commercial development throughout the city. These policies include:
The North Branch Framework was drafted during an unprecedented year-long public engagement effort, and its implementation efforts continued in 2018 with the proposed Cortland/Chicago River TIF District, an important funding mechanism to the public infrastructure projects identified by the framework plan. The chart below details the entire process.
|March and April 2017||Summary|