§ 17-3-0400

Bulk and density standards

17-3-0401 General. Bulk and density standards in the “B” and “C” districts vary according to the applicable bulk and density designation. Bulk and density designations are indicated by the numeral following the dash (–) in the district name, as in “B1-2” (B1 dash 2).

17-3-0402-A  Standards. Where allowed, all residential development in B and C districts is subject to the following minimum lot-area-per-unit standards:

District Minimum Lot Area per Unit (square feet)
Per Dwelling Unit Per Efficiency Unit Per SRO Unit
Dash 1 2,500 2,500 Not Allowed
Dash 1.5 1,350 1,350 Not Allowed
Dash 2 1,000 700 700
Dash 3 400 300 200
Dash 5 200 135 100

(See Sec. 17-17-0304 for rules governing the measurement of lot area per unit .)

17-3-0402-B MLA Reduction for Transit-Served Locations.   All projects in B dash 3 and C dash 3 districts that reduce vehicular parking from the otherwise required minimum parking standard by 50% for residential uses or 50% or more for non-residential uses, pursuant to Sec. 17-10-0102-B, are eligible to use reduced lot area per unit standards as established in the table below.  These minimum lot area reductions are allowed only if the project is reviewed and approved in accordance with the Type I Zoning Map Amendment procedures of Sec. 17-13-0302:

District

Minimum Lot Area per Unit(square feet)
Per Dwelling Unit Per Efficiency Unit Per SRO Unit
Dash 3 300 200 135

17-3-0403 Floor Area Ratio.

17-3-0403-A Standards. All development in B and C districts is subject to the following maximum floor area ratio standards:

District Maximum Floor Area Ratio
Dash 1 1.2
Dash 1.5 1.5
Dash 2 2.2
Dash 3 3.0
Dash 5 5.0

(See Sec. 17-17-0305 for rules governing the measurement of floor area ratio .)

17-3-0403-B FAR Increase for Transit-Served Locations.   All projects in B dash 3 and C dash 3 districts that reduce vehicular parking from the otherwise required minimum parking standard by 50% for residential uses or 50% or more for non-residential uses, pursuant to Sec. 17-10-0102-B, may increase the maximum floor area ratio standard to 3.5.  This floor area ratio increase is allowed only if the project is reviewed and approved in accordance with the planned development procedures of Sec. 17-13-0600.

17-3-0403-C Additional FAR Increase for On-Site Affordable Housing Units in Transit-Served Locations. All projects in B dash 3 and C dash 3 districts subject to Sec. 2-45-115 that (1) qualify for and are a granted a floor area ratio increase of 0.5 under Sec. 17-3-0403-B above, and (2) provide at least 50% of the required affordable units on-site, may increase the maximum floor area ratio standard by an additional 0.25 to 3.75. This floor area ratio increase is allowed only if the project complies with all of the requirements of a transit-served location pursuant to Sec. 17-10-0102-B, and is reviewed and approved in accordance with the planned development procedures of Sec. 17-13-0600.

17-3-0404 Front Setbacks. No front setback is required in B or C districts, except on B- or C-zoned lots abutting R-zoned lots that have lot frontage on the same street . The required front setback in those cases must equal at least 50% of the front yard that exists on the abutting R-zoned lot . If the abutting R-zoned lot is vacant, the 50% must be calculated on the basis of the abutting lot ‘s required front setback . (See Sec. 17-17-0306 for rules governing the measurement of front setbacks .)

17-3-0405 Rear Setbacks. All development in B and C districts is subject to the following minimum rear setback standards:

17-3-0405-A For floors containing dwelling units , the minimum rear setback is 30 feet. This does not apply to existing buildings where there is a change of use or interior alterations and where there are no additions to the existing structure which are proposed within the rear setback . (See Sec. 17-17-0307 for rules governing the measurement of rear setbacks .)

17-3-0405-B For floors without dwelling units :

1. When the rear property line of B- or C-zoned property abuts a side property line of R-zoned property, a rear setback is required on the B- or C- zoned property that is equal in dimension to the minimum side setback required for a residential building on the adjacent R-zoned lot .

2. When the rear property line of B- or C-zoned property abuts a rear property line of R-zoned property, the minimum rear setback for the B- or C- zoned property is 16 feet. In such cases, the rear setback may begin 15 feet or one story above grade , whichever is lower.

17-3-0406 Side Setbacks. No side setbacks are required in B and C districts, except when B- or C- zoned property abuts R-zoned property, in which case the side setback required for a residential use on the R- zoned lot applies. Townhouse developments , where allowed, are subject to the townhouse development standards of Sec. 17-2-0500.  (See Sec. 17-17-0308 for rules governing the measurement of side setbacks .)

17-3-0406-A Reversed Corner Lot Setback Standards. In all B and C districts, the minimum side setback on a reversed corner lot must be equal to at least 50% of the front yard that exists on any R-zoned lot abutting the rear of the reversed corner lot . If the abutting R-zoned lot to the rear is vacant, the 50% is to be calculated on the basis of the abutting lot ‘s required front setback . Moreover, no accessory building on a reverse corner lot may be located within 5 feet of any part of a rear lot line that coincides with a side lot line of property in an RS1, RS2, or RS3 district.

Figure 17-3-0406-A

17-3-0407 Building (Wall) Separation.

17-3-0407-A Purpose; Applicability. The building separation standards of this section are intended to ensure adequate separation between exterior building walls that serve as a primary source of natural light and air for dwelling units . These standards apply to courtyard buildings, buildings with car courts, or other developments when dwelling units face or are adjacent to one another. Townhouse developments are exempt from these standards; they are subject to the standards of Sec. 17-2-0500.

17-3-0407-B General. Unless otherwise expressly stated, exterior building walls are subject to the minimum setback standards of the underlying zoning district.

17-3-0407-C Front and Rear Walls.

1. Facing Interior Side Property Line. When a front wall faces the subject property’s interior side property line , the wall must be setback from the interior side property line a distance equal to at least 12 feet, or in the case of a rear wall , a distance equal to at least 10% of the lot width or 12 feet, whichever is less. (See Sec. 17-17-0310 for rules governing the measurement of building wall separation .)

2. Facing Other Front or Rear Walls. When the front wall or rear wall of a dwelling unit faces the front wall or rear wall of another dwelling unit located on the same zoning lot , the minimum required separation between such walls is as follows:

District Minimum Separation (feet)
Dash 1 30
Dash 1.5 30
Dash 2 30
Dash 3 30
Dash 5 26

17-3-0407-D End Walls Facing Front or Rear Walls. When the end wall of a dwelling unit faces the front wall or rear wall of a dwelling unit located on the same zoning lot , the minimum required separation between such walls is 20 feet.

17-3-0408 Building Height.

17-3-0408-A Standards. Maximum building height limits in B and C districts vary by building type and lot frontage , as follows:

Maximum Building Height (feet)
District Lot frontage of 25 feet or less Lot frontage of more than 25 and less than 50 feet Lot frontage of 50 to 99.9 feet Lot frontage of 100 feet or more
Buildings with Ground-floor Commercial Space that complies with Sec. 17-3-0305
Dash 1 38 38 38 38
Dash 1.5 38 38 38 38
Dash 2 47 50 50 50
Dash 3 50 55 65 65
Dash 5 50 55 70 80 [1]
Buildings without Ground-floor Commercial Space that complies with Sec. 17-3-0305
Dash 1 38 38 38 38
Dash 1.5 38 38 38 38
Dash 2 45 45 45 45
Dash 3 50 50 60 60
Dash 5 50 50 65 75 [1]

Notes: See Sec. 17-17-0311 for rules governing the measurement of building height .

On lots with multiple lot frontages, allowable building height must be based on the shortest lot frontage.

[1] Buildings may exceed the maximum height standard applicable to 100+-foot lots in dash 5 districts only if reviewed and approved in accordance with the Planned Development procedure of Sec. 17-13-0600; no minimum land area standard applies to projects seeking such PD approval.

17-3-0408-B Building Height Increase for Transit-Served Locations.

1. All projects in B dash 3 and C dash 3 districts that reduce vehicular parking from the otherwise required minimum parking standard by 50% for residential uses or 50% or more for non-residential uses, pursuant to Sec. 17-10-0102-B, are eligible for increases in maximum building height as established in the table below. These building height increases are allowed only if the project is reviewed and approved in accordance with the Type I Zoning Map Amendment procedures of Sec. 17-13-0302.

2. All projects in B dash 3 and C dash 3 districts subject to Sec. 2-45-115 that (a) qualify for and are granted a b uilding height increase under Sec. 17-3-0408-B.1 above, and (b) provide at least 50% of the required affordable units on-site, are eligible for additional increases in maximum building height as established in the table below. These building height increases are allowed only if the project complies with all of the requirements of a transit-served location pursuant to Sec. 17-10-0102-B, and is reviewed and approved in accordance with the planned development procedures of Sec. 17-13-0600.

Maximum Building Height (feet)

District

Lot frontage of 25 feet or less

Lot frontage of more than 25 and less than 50 feet

Lot frontage of 50 to 99.9 feet

Lot frontage of 100 feet or more

Buildings with Ground-Floor Commercial Space that Complies with Sec. 17-3-0305

Dash 3

50

55

70

25

Dash 3 – Sec. 2-45-115 Units

55

60

75

80

Buildings without Ground-Floor Commercial Space that Complies with Sec. 17-3-0305

Dash 3

50

50

65

70

Dash 3 – Sec. 2-45-115 Units

55

55

70

75

17-3-0408-C Exemption for Wrigley Field Adjacent Area. The building height limits of Sec. 17-3-0408 do not apply to residential construction in the “Wrigley Field Adjacent Area”, as defined in Chapter 4-388 of the Municipal Code.

17-3-0409 Average Dwelling Unit Size. The gross residential floor area developed on a lot divided by the total number of dwelling units on such lot may not be less than 500 square feet. No existing residential use may be converted to conflict with or further conflict with this standard.

17-3-0410 Number of Efficiency Units.

17-3-0410-A Standards. In B and C districts the total number of efficiency units may not exceed the following standards except as specified in Sec. 17-3-0410-B:

District Maximum Number of Efficiency Units(% of total units)
Dash 1 10
Dash 1.5 15
Dash 2 20
Dash 3 20
Dash 5 30

17-3-0410-B Exemption. The limits on efficiency units do not apply to SROs or elderly housing developments, provided that the Zoning Administrator determines that such developments constitute bona fide SROs or elderly housing developments.

(Added Coun. J. 5-26-04, p. 25275; Amend Coun. J. 3-9-05, p. 44391; Amend Coun. J. 9-13-06, p. 84870, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 11-8-12, p. 38872, § 243; Amend Coun. J. 9-11-13, p. 60173, §§ 1 – 3; Amend Coun. J. 3-18-15, p. 105476, §§ 3, 4)

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