Planning Commission adopts neighborhood design guidelines

The Chicago Plan Commission adopted the Neighborhood Design Guidelines, a planning document tasked with providing specific recommendations to guide development along the neighborhood’s commercial corridors. Intended for use by designers and developers, the guidelines will form part of the assessment process required for projects that require DPD review, including planned developments, shore protection projects and land beneficiaries. assistance from the City.

As part of DPD’s efforts to inculcate the principles of design excellence in city projects. The plan outlines five thematic principles to guide and define excellence in design:

  1. Equity and inclusion
  2. Innovation
  3. sense of place
  4. Durability
  5. Communication

The principles aim to achieve fair treatment, targeted support and prosperity for all residents, while encouraging and implementing creative approaches to design and problem solving. To create a sense of place, designs should celebrate and reinforce the culture of communities, while fostering appreciation for design and meeting community needs through communication. Considering sustainability, the principles encourage a commitment to environmental, cultural and financial longevity.

Taylor Street Apartments and Little Village Branch LibrarySMO

The document contains six categories of guidelines. These include sustainability, program, site design, public realm, massing and facade. The plan will not impose architectural styles and does not apply to open space and streetscape projects. It will not replace existing directives and orders in place.

The department started drafting the guidelines in 2019 with a working group. The guiding principles were developed in 2020 with a draft document published in 2021. Envisioned as a living document, DPD will continue to seek feedback and further refine the guidelines.

With adoption by the Chicago Plan Commission, the guidelines will now be used to assess projects that are under review by the DPD. The guidelines will be shared as a resource for designers and developers throughout the city’s approvals process.

Abdul J. Gaspar