Approved anti-displacement ordinances set floor on housing density in Pilsen, 606 area
Aldermen on Tuesday overwhelmingly advanced a pair of measures aimed at stemming displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods despite reservations from some council members who said the new rules could bump into legal challenges.
Under the companion ordinances (O2020-6206, O2020-6207) introduced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, developers would need to apply for zoning changes in order to create single-family homes in parts of the Pilsen and the Near Northwest Side that are zoned for multi-family housing. Long advocated by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and other housing organizers, the measures are designed to slow the conversion of small, naturally-affordable apartment buildings into million-dollar single-family homes.
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