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.

Planned developments may include one or more principal buildings, lots, and principal uses intended to be built over a period of time. The designation is required for numerous types of projects, including those that involve:

  • Air rights
  • Airports and heliports
  • Buildings that exceed the height thresholds of certain districts
  • Expansion of existing planned developments
  • Development within 100 feet of a waterway
  • Non-accessory parking in “D” zoning districts.
  • Institutional and campus-oriented projects
  • Large residential, commercial and industrial developments
  • Power plants, water plants and wastewater plants
  • Spectator facilities with a seating capacity of 1,000 or more persons

The Planned Development review process is divided into two parts. Part I involves basic zoning controls and statements intended to guide the development of a particular site. Part II requires a review of actual project plans prior to construction.

The review process also requires public hearings before the Chicago Plan Commission and City Council Committee on Zoning prior to a vote by the full City Council.

Additional information can be found in Chapter 17-8 of the Chicago Zoning Ordinance.

To apply for a Planned Development, complete a Zoning Map Amendment application and return it to the Department of Housing and Economic Development.