Zoning, Leasing & Beyond – Birchwood Law Participates in Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce & SBAC Empower’s Small Business Workshop

On August 17th, 2022, SBAC Empower and Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce hosted a Small Business Q&A Session for business owners and entrepreneurs. The topics included zoning, leasing, business licensing, financing, and more. Birchwood Law’s Founding Attorney, Katarina Karac, served on the panel alongside other esteemed panelists, including City of Chicago’s Business Affairs and Consumer […]

Affordable Housing – A Vision for More Equitable Communities

Birchwood Law’s founding attorney, Katarina Karac, in conjunction with another firm, worked to defend a national developer of a 27-unit affordable housing development project after an administrative appeal and several court cases brought by neighboring property owners. The project required the preparation of multiple merit briefs (on appeal before city council and in court) as well as preparation of oral arguments. […]

Cancel Zoning?

A recent article, titled “Cancel Zoning,” published by The Atlantic presents an argument that zoning should be canceled. Many cities face a housing shortage which is driving up costs for home-buyers and renters. However, should zoning be canceled? Did you know that Houston, Texas does not have zoning? Let us know what you think. Email […]

Mid-Year Construction Update

Birchwood Law LLC’s Founding Attorney, Katarina Karac, attended AIRE Brokers (Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers) Mid-Year Construction Update event in Park Ridge, Illinois. An esteemed panel of industrial real estate professionals discussed trends impacting the construction industry, such as supply chain problems, material shortages, increased pricing, labor shortages, and more. At Birchwood Law LLC, […]

A Note on Special Use Permits

Special uses are uses that may have a significant impact on the neighboring properties, and as such, they require an administrative hearing for approval. Special uses have been deemed by the local legislative body as uses consistent with the intent of the zoning district, but in need of additional safeguards. For example, in a Residential […]