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Design Excellence Neighborhood Design Guidelines

Transcript Of Design Excellence Neighborhood Design Guidelines

City of Chicago Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor

Design Excellence
Neighborhood Design Guidelines

Department of Planning and Development Maurice D. Cox, Commissioner City Hall Room 1000 121 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60602

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Forward

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The concept of “design excellence” represents the City of Chicago’s commitment to a high-quality built environment that celebrates and enhances the City’s unique architectural and urban design legacy. This responsibility extends from downtown and throughout local neighborhoods.
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development engaged a Design Excellence Working Group to answer the question:
How do we engender a culture that values design excellence in everyday life?
From this question, several thematic principles emerged that collectively aspire to achieve design excellence for Chicago residents, businesses, and other local stakeholders.
The principles include commitments to:
» Equity & Inclusion
Achieving fair treatment, targeted support, and prosperity for all citizens
» Innovation
Implementing creative approaches to design and problemsolving
» Sense of Place
Celebrating and strengthening the culture of our communities
» Sustainability
Committing to environmental, cultural, and financial longevity
» Communication
Fostering design appreciation and responding to community needs

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NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN GUIDELINES ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������8 A Commitment to Excellence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Application and Implementation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
SUSTAINABILITY ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 14 Site Selection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Adaptability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Design Expression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Sustainable Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Best Practices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
PROGRAM ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 20 Use Mix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Context. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
SITE DESIGN �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 24 Orientation and Access. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Open Space. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Parking and Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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PUBLIC REALM ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 30 Public Right-of-Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Landscape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Accessibility and Safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
MASSING �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 36 Height. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Access to Light and Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Street Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
FAÇADE ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 42 Windows and Doors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Ground Floor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Signage and Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 46 Design Excellence Working Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 DPD Work Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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Neighborhood Design Guidelines
A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
Developed under Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the Neighborhood Design Guidelines provide specific recommendations to enhance the planning, review, and impact of development along the city’s commercial corridors.
As a complement to other City design resources and regulations, the guidelines are adaptable to the unique context of individual neighborhoods, corridors, and blocks.
The guidelines are organized across six categories:
» Sustainability
Features that have long-term environmental, sociocultural, and human health impacts
» Program
Targeted uses that complement a property’s surrounding context
» Site Design
Building orientation, layout, open space, parking, and service
» Public Realm
Improvements within and near the public right-of-way adjacent to the site
» Massing
Bulk, height, and form of a building
» Façade
Architectural expression of a building’s exterior, including entrances and windows
Other City design resources and regulations that may apply to new development projects include the Zoning Ordinance, Landscape Ordinance, and the Complete Street Guide, among others.
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APPLICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION
The Neighborhood Design Guidelines are intended to be used for all public and private projects located along Chicago’s commercial corridors. Projects that require the City’s review and oversight should substantially correspond to their parameters, especially Planned Developments, Lakefront Protection Ordinance projects, and projects that receive City grants, funding, or other incentives.
In addition to facilitating formal City review processes and promoting successful project completions, the Neighborhood Design Guidelines are intended to promote design excellence, community pride, and enhancing the sense of place in local neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Design Guidelines provide baseline guidance and reference for property owners, developers, designers, community groups, public agencies, and individuals. Construction projects must still adhere to any applicable City of Chicago, State of Illinois, or federal requirements, standards, and policies.
The Department of Planning and Development intends to gather feedback from property owners, developers, designers, and community members to continue to refine the guidelines’ scope and content. Comments may be directed to [email protected]
Ultimately, the guidelines are expected to be presented to the Chicago Plan Commission for formal adoption.

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