In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
Chicago Plan Commission (CPC), Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), and Commission on Chicago Landmarks (CCL) meetings held during the COVID-19 public health crisis will be conducted with special emergency procedures that enable their lawful and safe administration from remote locations, according to rules posted to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) website today.
The rules, which can be viewed at www.chicago.gov/cpc, www.chicago.gov/zba and www.chicago.gov/ccl, will apply for upcoming meetings of each board and commission starting with the below times and dates.
The rules will enable meetings for the first time to be conducted remotely by video conference and streamed live through YouTube. Links to the stream will be provided through each commission’s respective website on the day of each meeting. The emergency rules have been approved by the chair of each commission or board, per guidelines approved last week by City Council.
Brief summaries on the public comment portion of the rules are provided below. More detailed information for the public, as well as for project presentation teams, is available in the rules themselves on each commission’s website.
Chicago Plan Commission
The Chicago Plan Commission is responsible for the review of proposals that involve Planned Developments (PDs), the Lakefront Protection Ordinance, and Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs), among other duties.
Zoning Board of Appeals
Additionally, the ZBA will limit its agenda to matters that can be productively heard in a virtual format. Applicants may request a deferral to a later date. ZBA will not hear cannabis-related items at its May 15 meeting.
The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews proposed variations from the zoning code, special use applications, and appeals of decisions made by the Zoning Administrator.
Commission on Chicago Landmarks
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is responsible for recommending landmark designations to City Council and reviewing projects that involve designated landmarks, among other duties.
Similar emergency rules for the Community Development Commission (CDC) will be posted online in coming days.
DPD provides staff services for all four boards that are subject to emergency meeting procedures.
Questions and comments should be directed to DPD@cityofchicago.org.