§ 17-14-0200

Department of Planning and Development

17-14-0201 Creation. The Department of Planning and Development is created under Chapter 2-45 of the Municipal Code of Chicago and is under the direction of the Commissioner of Planning and Development. The Commissioner of Planning and Development is authorized to administer Section 17-17-02164. This authority includes the power to promulgate any rules, regulations, and procedures necessary to administer that section.

17-14-0202 Duties of the Office of Zoning Administrator. The Zoning Administrator is responsible for administering and enforcing the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance. In accordance with such authority, the Zoning Administrator has the following powers and duties:

17-14-0202-A issuing Zoning Certificates;

17-14-0202-B issuing Certificates of Occupancy;

17-14-0202-C requesting the Commissioner of Buildings to conduct inspections of buildings, structures, and uses of land to determine compliance with the terms of this Zoning Ordinance;

17-14-0202-D maintaining permanent and current records related to administration of this Zoning Ordinance, including all maps, amendments, special uses , variations , and appeals;

17-14-0202-E providing and maintaining a public information bureau relative to all matters arising out of this Zoning Ordinance;

17-14-0202-F receiving, filing and forwarding to the City Clerk all applications for amendments to this Zoning Ordinance and making investigations relative thereto;

17-14-0202-G transmitting to the City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards recommendations on all amendments;

17-14-0202-H receiving from the Zoning Board of Appeals copies of all final determinations of the Zoning Board of Appeals on variations , special uses , appeals, and other matters upon which the Zoning Board of Appeals has been required to act;

17-14-0202-I receiving, considering and deciding all requests for administrative adjustments , as specified in Sec. 17-13-1000;

17-14-0202-J issuing stop work orders to prohibit any activity in violation of this Zoning Ordinance;

17-14-0202-K issuing from time to time such reasonable rules and regulations and amendments thereto pertaining to the landscaping and screening regulations contained in Chapter 17-11 as are necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of those regulations; (Such rules may not be inconsistent with this Zoning Ordinance and may govern, without limitation, the form and content of permit application documentation, the manner of landscape material and soil installation, the required type and quality of landscape materials, the manner of maintenance and the location and configuration of parking areas and plant material)

17-14-0202-L allowing waivers in bulk and density standards within any zoning district under the following conditions:

1. the parcel of land is presently improved with a nonconforming structure that has been in existence for at least 50 years;

2. the waiver does not permit more than a cumulative 10% increase in the bulk and density that has been in existence for 50 or more years; and

3. that, in the opinion of the Zoning Administrator, the application complies with all applicable approval criteria for variations , as described in Sec. 17-13-1107.

17-14-0202-M Notwithstanding any other ordinance or provision of this Municipal Code, the Zoning Administrator is authorized to issue zoning certification for a liquor license for a special club licensed pursuant to Chapter 4-388, and located in the Wrigley Field Adjacent Area as defined in Section 4-388-010(b).  Additionally, the Zoning Administrator may waive any applicable setback requirement for a building in the Wrigley Field Adjacent Area that existed as of January 1, 1999, if such a waiver is necessary to effectuate the special club license provisions of Chapter 4-388. The Zoning Administrator may waive any bulk and density standards so long as the waiver does not permit more than a cumulative 15% variation from the bulk and density of the parcel that lawfully existed in the Wrigley Field Adjacent Area as of January 1, 1999, if such a waiver is necessary to effectuate the Special Club License Provisions of Chapter 4-388.

17-14-0202-N Notwithstanding any other ordinance or provision of the Municipal Code, the Zoning Administrator is authorized to approve a liquor license for consumption on the premises, in connection with the operation of an established food-serving facility in any building located on land owned by the Chicago Park District if approved by the Chicago Park District Commissioners.

17-14-0202-O Examining all plans submitted to the Department of Buildings for conformity with the Zoning Ordinance, and granting all zoning approvals in connection with the issuance of permits for the construction of buildings or structures, including, without limitation, landscaping approvals and determination of the amount of any open space impact fees payable under Chapter 16-18 of the Municipal Code.

17-14-0202-P   In connection with land located within the Airport Layout Plan that has been acquired by the city, the Zoning Administrator is authorized to examine and approve all building plans as required by subsection 17-14-0202-O as if the land was part of the Airport Planned Development.  For the purposes of this section, the terms “Airport Layout Plan” and “Airport Planned Developmentshall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 17-13-0614;

17-14-0202-Q receiving from the City Council Committee on Zoning all applications for an amendment for a planned development , making an investigation relative thereto and making recommendations thereon to the City Council Committee on Zoning;

17-14-0202-R receiving from the Zoning Board of Appeals all applications for special uses , making an investigation relative thereto and making recommendations thereon and forwarding such recommendations to the Zoning Board of Appeals;

17-14-0202-S   promulgating rules, regulations and procedures from time to time, relating to proposed planned development amendments and other rules, regulations and procedures to proposed text amendments to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance from time to time.

(Added Coun. J. 5-26-04, p. 25275; Amended Coun. J. 3-1-06, p. 71981, § 4; Amend Coun. J. 11-13-07, p. 14999, Art. II, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 11-19-08, p. 47220, Art. VII, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 11-17-10, p. 106597, Art. IX, § 11; Amend Coun. J. 2-9-11, p. 112461, § 3; Amend Coun. J. 5-9-12, p. 27485, § 196; Amend Coun. J. 11-8-12, p. 38872, §§ 279, 280; Amend Coun. J. 11-26-13, p. 67481, Art. I, § 30; Amend Coun. J. 11-12-14, p. 97375, § 3)

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