Neighborhood Development and Review Committee

The South Lakeview Neighbors Neighborhood Development and Review Committee (NDRC) works with developers, homeowners, and the Alderman to maintain the quality and integrity of our neighborhood.  The Committee’s charter was approved by the membership in March, 1995 and appears below.

The NDRC is does not make zoning decisions nor does South Lakeview Neighbors.  SLN, as a whole, votes on zoning proposals and offers the opinion of the membership to the Alderman for his consideration.





Neighborhood Development and Review Committee

Comprehensive Zoning and Development Plan for South Lakeview

WHEREAS, South Lakeview is defined as that area of the City of Chicago bounded on the East by Racine Avenue; on the West by Ravenswood Avenue; on the North by Belmont Avenue and on the South by Diversey Avenue;

WHEREAS, South Lakeview is predominantly a residential neighborhood consisting of mostly two flat and single family homes zoned R-3 and R-4 with the main thoroughfares of Lincoln Avenue, Ashland Avenue, Southport Avenue and Belmont Avenue zoned for business;

WHEREAS, South Lakeview has experienced residential housing rehabilitation and, in recent years, new construction which has added significantly to the density of the neighborhood while at the same time depleted the neighborhood’s stock of free standing single family homes;

WHEREAS, South Lakeview Neighbors, as the representative of the neighborhood and the local member organization of the Lake View Citizens’ Council, has promulgated and passed the following set of criteria to be used by the neighborhood in conjunction with its zoning review procedure when reviewing requests for zoning changes and/or zoning variances and/or special uses;

WHEREFORE, by voice vote at a meeting of the general membership of South Lakeview Neighbors the following criteria was adopted;

1. Zoning Change

A. All zoning changes must result in a tangible benefit to the neighborhood.

B. All zoning changes get downzoned to the original zoning district once the project is underway.

C. Specific project and site plans must be submitted with all requests for zoning changes.

D. Except for a main street, no zoning change in an R-3 zone that results in more than a two flat. Such two flat shall be no larger than the average square footage of the immediately adjacent residential properties, or, the existing two flats on that block, plus 15%, whichever is larger.

E. Except for Lincoln Avenue, no R-5 zoning. R-5 zoning on Lincoln Avenue shall be limited to a density factor equal to R-4 1/2.

2. Parking

A. A goal of 2 parking spaces per unit. 1.5 parking spaces per unit would be minimally acceptable if the project provides a significant tangible benefit to the neighborhood.

B. Curb cuts must be replaced with parking spaces in addition to the required spaces per unit so as to result in no net loss of parking to the neighborhood.

3. Planned Unit Development

A. No higher density (number of units) than R-4.

B. Minimum of 2 parking spaces per unit.

4. Priority of Lincoln Avenue Development

A. Residential

B. Business / Merchandising

C. Business / Entertainment

5. Exception to These Criteria

A. Exceptions to these criteria may be approved by a vote of the general membership upon a showing of good cause and a significant tangible benefit to the neighborhood.