Zoning


[Crain’s] Decks atop garages were once essentially a given in every single-family home from Old Town to Lakeview on the market for upward of $1 million. Most buyers expect the decks, which help increase the living space on tight city lots, says Dennis Dooley, vice president and managing broker at […]

It’s now harder to get that garage-top deck approved


The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) presented “Navigating the New ARO” on May 28th to a packed room at the Dream20 Showroom in the Merchandise Mart. The City of Chicago’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance requires residential developments that receive city financial assistance or involve city-owned land to provide a percentage […]

Navigating the New Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO)


[Sun-Times] Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s complex solution to Chicago’s affordable housing crisis was advanced by a City Council committee Wednesday, amid concern that the costly mandates could stifle residential development. Chicago’s existing “affordable requirements ordinance” offers a choice to developers of projects with 10 or more new or rehabilitated units that […]

New affordable housing fees