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City Council Enacts Lightfoot’s Revisions to Affordable Ordinance

Chicago’s City Council on Wednesday approved the revised Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO) recently introduced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The revised ARO is intended to encourage production of more affordable and family-sized units.

First enacted in 2015, the ARO requires residential developments to set aside a percentage of units at affordable prices if the project entails a zoning change, city financial assistance or city-owned land.

A key revision to the ARO is the increase in the set-aside from 10% to 20% for projects downtown, in neighborhoods with low levels of affordable housing, and in neighborhoods facing displacement of low-income residents. It also reduces the percentage of units that may be paid out with in-lieu fees.

“The passage of this ordinance ensures that the ARO will house Chicagoans regardless of their economic status or where they choose to live,” said Ald. Harry Osterman, chair of the Council’s housing & real estate committee.

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