By: Diane Benjamin
Public comment about 1 property – 1 Whites Place where a developer did plan to convert the house into 4 apartments but now is planning 9 apartments. Many residents attended the meeting since the City Code is not being followed and they are worried about parking and safety.
The area residents are not afraid of rental properties, only the number of units and City Code not being followed. The building has been empty for 20 months and therefore should have been required to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals. That has not happened. One speaker also worried about the safety of the people living in the house with 9 apartments jammed into it with limited escape routes.
Property owner – note Chicago:
I don’t know if this is affecting City decisions, but it sure could be: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/nation/2021/04/14/zoning-biden-infrastructure-bill-would-curb-single-family-housing/7097434002/ This is a policy started under Obama and resurrected by Biden.
Biden’s proposal would award grants and tax credits to cities that change zoning laws to bolster more equitable access to affordable housing. A house with a white picket fence and a big backyard for a Fourth of July barbecue may be a staple of the American dream, but experts and local politicians say multifamily zoning is key to combating climate change, racial injustice and the nation’s growing affordable housing crisis.
Zoning laws don’t need to be changed if they are ignored. The last line is talking points, not reality. At the end of the meeting both Danenberger and Ward requested this issue be brought up at a future meeting. Meanwhile construction is probably happening at the house that will put the City in legal trouble if permits were issued.
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