Chicago Ordinance Limits Restrictive Covenants

Haynes, Meghan
November 2005
Planning;Nov2005, Vol. 71 Issue 10, p36
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the ordinance passed by the city council in Chicago, Illinois on mid-September 2005. This ordinance strictly limits the use of restrictive covenants for grocery stores and drugstores. Alderman Manuel Flores, who cosponsored the proposed ban with Alderman Margaret Laurino, explains how restrictive covenants hurt communities. According to Kathleen Nelson, first deputy commissioner of Chicago's department of development and planning, two important provisions of the new ordinance show that the city recognizes the importance of competition and market control issues. A business may use a restrictive covenant for up to one year if it is moving out of the state or for up to three years if it is moving within a half-mile of the previous location.


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