By Bill Smith on May 26, 2015 – 6:55pm
Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.
A packet with information on tonight’s agenda items is available online.
Meeting called to order at 7:19 p.m.
(Several speakers on inclusionary housing, which is not on the agenda tonight.)
Jay Smith, NU student involved with Connections for the Homeless, speaks to need for senior housing.
Mark Dennis, executive director of McGaw YMCA, says 172 men live at the Y. Says that has provided service for the community.
Says need to have conversation about what should be available with developers. need to look at best practices in other cities, says Evanston has strong housing market — but people may fear damage to existing housing values — says need to keep diversity and inclusion as part of Evanston housing market.
Brendan Saunders, of Open Communities, calls for “carrot and stick” approach to inclusionary housing. Says should consider more bonuses — density bonuses, floor area ratios, expedited permits, and other incentives including coach houses and garage units and barrier free housing.
Sue Loellbach, acting director of Connections for the Homeless, says ordinance is a small step, but a solid first step to encourage inclusionary housing. Says ordinance could be better by providing more benefits to developers.
(Ordinance is on the agenda for the next committee meeting on June 8. Community Development Director Mark Muenzer says staff is investigating many of the ideas for improvements suggested by speakers tonight.)
The full story appeared in Evanston Now.