Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) partners with communities across Chicago to use CDI to encourage quality, equitable development near transit. The Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) is a participatory planning process that engages communities in proactively planning for real-world development scenarios. Through a series public meetings, participants gain a deeper understanding of issues such as density, transit-oriented development, affordable housing and the true cost of development, and create a set of priorities to guide community leaders as they plan for future development in their neighborhoods. Developers can use this CDI report to understand local opportunities and values.
Over the years Canopy has worked alongside MPC in a series of CDI efforts throughout the region including the City of Aurora, the Milwaukee Avenue Corridor, and Logan Square neighborhoods. For the Logan Square CDI, Canopy provided planning support through; assistance with site identification, small group moderation, urban design input during community-interactive phases, as well as development visualization following community input.