What criteria do you or will you use in determining whether or not to grant a zoning change or variance?

Neighborhood Development

My goal as Alderman will be to grant zoning changes or variances by first determining the
impact the proposed changes would have on the ward. First, I will analyze how the
proposal plans to create a positive impact for the local area. Next, I will develop an
exploratory committee that will explore the potential positive and negative impact of the
zoning issue upon the local area. My focus would be to zone land usage that will encourage economic development, provide a social need, and improve the overall health
of the community. Lastly, and most importantly, I will take this issue to the residents of the
area the planned zoning change would affect and ask their opinions regarding the creation
of the zoning change

I look to my residents to provide feedback and direction when it comes to a zoning change or variance.

I believe that in 90% of the cases that the community should be the determining factor when
deciding what changes are to take place in a neighborhood. My experience as being a zoning
code enforcer showed me that when the residence buy into a project it is supported and the
community benefits

A determination of if it positively improves the ward/city and the residence standard of
living.

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In every case, I refer the zoning variance to the local neighborhood group for analysis. I also ask that developers get support for the zoning variance from the immediately adjacent neighbors. In the case of zoning changes, we always host public meetings, ask the general public for feedback, and ask for feedback from the neighborhood organizations. After all that feedback, I attempt to ascertain the neighborhood consensus, while at the same time seeking general uniformity in zoning decisions.

Generally, I hope to incorporate the advise of residents, the 18th ward advisory committee, and
other professionals to determine whether or not to grant a zoning change or variance.

As stated above, establishing a Zoning Advisory Committee will ensure that impacted
community members are heard and will inform these decisions.

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Number of jobs to be created, union labor used, length of project and overall
economic impact of zoning for project

I will analyze whether the zoning change or variance will have a net positive impact on the
neighborhood without unduly disadvantaging neighbors. I will take into account the input of
ward residents, including block clubs, businesses, and neighborhood organizations, but also
including individual residents who may not participate in such organizations. I will prioritize the
views of current residents over the input of developers.

As stated above, establishing a Zoning Advisory Committee will ensure that impacted
community members are heard and will inform these decisions

I assume the question is intended to include the full range of zoning issues that
come before an alderman, including zoning changes, zoning exceptions, special use permits, the
sale of city-owned land, as well as zoning variances. As noted in question 39 above, every zoning
and land use issue in the 49th Ward is reviewed by the 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory
Committee, whose advice I almost always follow. I also hold community meetings on zoning and
land use issues, and, on major issues, I often hold several community meetings. Even if a
development does not require any city approval, I still ask the developer to appear before the
community and explain his plans and solicit comments and advice.

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Community input.

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

N/A

Any request for zoning change and variances with be vetted by a committee of volunteers from the Ward. Any change or variance that would support the overall economic and community development growth of the ward will be encourage.

When determining whether to support or oppose a zoning change/variance, I ask simple,
straightforward questions: what effects, both positive and negative, will this change have on the
immediate vicinity? On the larger community? In the short and long terms? I make sure to talk to
those who are likely to be affected, and to experts who can help illuminate the larger issues. Then
I carefully consider the various effects we can predict, and, bearing in mind that there are often
unpredictable and unintended consequences, I make a judgment. Each case is different, but
those simple questions and conversations guide me through all of them.

See above. In addition, I would defer to a zoning committee for any recommendations.
That zoning committee would be created by the community council I mentioned above.

The input of the community.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I would ensure that the communities directly impacted by the proposed zoning change be made
aware. Initially, I would contact the community associations within the target area. If no such
organization exists, then I would reach out to constituents electronically and by mail. From the
responses, I would either hold a single meeting or address the individual community associations.
In the case of impact on the entire ward, I would host a number of town hall meetings so that
residents are aware of the proposed changes, have an opportunity to review the options and
provide a written yeah or nay on the proposal.

If it clearly benefits the residents and the quality of life of the neighborhood I will grant
the zoning change

We involved the community at every level.

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Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I would ensure that the communities directly impacted by the proposed zoning change be made
aware. Initially, I would contact the community associations within the target area. If no such
organization exists, then I would reach out to constituents electronically and by mail. From the
responses, I would either hold a single meeting or address the individual community associations.
In the case of impact on the entire ward, I would host a number of town hall meetings so that
residents are aware of the proposed changes, have an opportunity to review the options and
provide a written yeah or nay on the proposal.

The criteria that will be used will focus on determining the impact of the zoning on the community,
i.e. jobs, economic development, safety

I would limit like businesses to prevent over saturation of similar businesses as well as an over
saturation of so called store front churches

Whether it makes sense in the community context, its feasibility and the community’s support

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

See above. I will create volunteer-driven precinct-level neighborhood councils that will have the final say on zoning and development changes that will affect their neighborhood.

If a zoning change is requested, the developer or owner will need to demonstrate an added benefit to the neighborhood’s quality of life. There will have to be additional green space, or parking or other factor that will add to the neighborhood’s overall appeal and livability in order to be awarded the zoning upgrade.

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Community hearings that measure the proposal against the vision and proposals that currently exist

If it makes sense or not. Common sense evaluation vs “who you know”.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

Benefit to the community and must be in line with the character of the
community/locality.

When I was elected as Alderman in 2011 I created a series of development guidelines that
are available on my website www.aldermansposato.com. The guidelines include
Encouraging development that conforms to existing zoning map, strict compliance with
public notice regulations, encourage complimentary and compatible development, respect
for architectural heritage, and protecting and encouraging green space and green building
practices. The most important guideline for development in our ward is community input. I
seek input from residents and community group before making any zoning decisions.

How would impact the residents of the ward, the positives and negatives and
also ask residents for their input.

Zoning changes are dependent heavily on community input. All changes go before the community to hear any concerns that may arise. Once we have gathered enough community input we then move forward with a decision.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

What is the plan, what is the benefit, does it fit with the culture and history of a
neighborhood, do the residents want it or not.

Until the neighborhood Development Advisory Council establishes its criteria, my office will work hand in hand with this council in evaluating the various requests that come forward. This will not replace the current process of variances needing to be heard by the zoning committees of the various neighborhood organizations but will then include a second step with the DAC until their Ward­wide criteria are established.

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The ‘voices of the residents’ in the ward as well as my insight into Regional Planning
goals bear on how we move forward with development in the 20th Ward. Engaging our
residents along with civic and grassroots organizations to have a ‘voice’ in the direction
of the ward.

A variance is a departure from the general rule, so those requests would be considered on a
case-by-case basis.

The impact on both the immediate and larger area, as determined by public
meetings

The criteria will be generated collectively as mentioned previously.