Planning & Development

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at to share ideas or concerns you have regarding the evolution of our community.  If you have a particular issue you want to explore in group discussion, ask for a P&D meeting to be scheduled.



The BCO can help you become informed on issues so that you can form your own opinion, and can help heighten awareness of issues to aid in timely resolution.  The role of the BCO is to ensure a two way flow of information, and to help ensure the concerns of residents are heard.

If you’d like to be connected to others who are either for or against a particular proposal, we can do that so you can share information.  If anyone within the community would like to create ‘position statements’ for either side of any issue, we are happy to share them to promote informed decision making.  Please keep your position statements as fact based as possible with links or references when you can and considerations to be looked into further highlighted.

It is very important to follow what’s happening in our community and to keep our Alderman aware of your individual concerns and opinions about it.  Even if your neighbors have already contacted him with a similar view, your voice counts!

Ward Office of Alderman O’Connor
Hours: Monday and Thursday 9:00am-7:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
Address: 5850 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Telephone: 773.769.1140
Facsimile: 773.769.3804

More information sharing happens on our Facebook page:

And be sure to join our BCO email list on the home page of this website to stay in touch.

Current Issues:

A few Planning & Development topics are hot in the neighborhood

Half Acre Brewery’s recently approved zoning change to allow for their tap room and beer garden to move forward in the new Balmoral Avenue location.

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Distressed Trees, Distressed Neighbors
We have heard from many upset neighbors about city tree trimming gone amuck.

If you have trees on your parkway still in need of attention you can make a tree trimming request directly to the city at this link. Feedback from neighbors indicates you will get best results if you are around and talking with the trimmers about exactly what needs to be done.

The Bureau of Forestry (under Dept of Streets and San) does the actual trimming.
Please be sure to raise concerns or give feedback to them:
Bureau of Forestry at 312.746.5254, and to
the Alderman’s office 773 769 1195, and/or
Streets and Sanitation, 312.744.8387.

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BCO Launches Block Captain/Block Club Program!
Do you know who your block captain is? If not, then your block probably needs a volunteer to step into this important role. We have established a program to help blocks get organized in how they share information amongst themselves and with other parts of our community.

Click here to go to the membership page for more information

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 Past Issues:

May 2015:  Intrinsic School Proposed in the southwest portion of Rosehill cemetery. 

An informational flyer developed by the BCO on the Intrinsic Schools proposal went out to doorsteps in Bowmanville the first week of June 2015.

A BCO community wide online survey was made available to gather feedback on the Intrinsic Schools proposal.  Intrinsic ultimately cancelled their plans for a school in Bowmanville.

The BCO was contacted by  a developer and by the alderman’s office regarding a contract pending for purchase of four (4) of the eleven (11) acres of Rosehill land north and west of the greenspace.  The full 11 acres has been listed for sale for some time now. (There is an article on page 4 of the old Spring 2013 Bee describing the full 11 acres with a diagram for reference).

A charter school called Intrinsic Schools has contracted to buy and build a 7-12 grade High School on four acres of this land.  The attorney contact for the buyer is Andrew Scott of Dykema. (

A first community meeting with the closest neighbors to the site was held on May 26 2015.

Intrinsic plans to file a formal zoning change request, which they expect be introduced in June.  As part of their zoning change process, they plan to be available for a broader town hall meeting and any other steps as outlined by the city’s planned development process.   A city council vote on the zoning change request could take place in the July to September timeframe of this year.  They hope to break ground in October 2015 and open the school in Fall 2016.
Our understanding of the concept and plans thus far includes:

Site and building related info:

Intrinsic Charter Schools info:

Background Links/Info we’ve identified thus far on Intrinsic:

March 2013 – Concept Schools charter school proposal

In March of 2013, Concept Schools, a charter school management company, submitted a zoning request to change zoning at 2050 W Balmoral Avenue to enable them to open a K-8 (and ultimately K-12) charter school at the site (at the old Duray Fluorescent building at Hoyne and Balmoral).  The outcome of this proposal was Concept withdrawing their plans and moving on to another location in Chicago.

Alderman O’Connor reported the zoning change request on his website:

You can read media reports of a community meeting that was held as the BCO began to explore this possibility: