Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to discuss revisions to the city’s controversial residential occupany limits — which now prohibit more than three unrelated individuals from sharing a dwelling unit.

Under the draft ordinance, with provisions suggested by Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, up to six unrelated individuals could share an apartment in multi-family zoning districts, but only if the city’s zoning administrator certified that the unit has at least the same number of legal bedrooms as the proposed number of occupants.

The rule would also limit the number of automobiles all the residents of such a unit could have to one per unit or no more than the number of off-street parking spaces provided for the unit.

The draft ordinance would also create four different categories of “families” that could form a single houskeeping unit in a dwelling unit:

  • Type A — One or more persons related by blood, marriage or adoption.
  • Type B — Two unrelated persons and their children.
  • Type C — Not more than four unrelated persons (an increase from the current limit of three).
  • Type D — A congregate living arrangement for persons affiliated with a bona-fide non-profit organized for religious purposes, with a limit of no more than two persons per bedroom.

The ordinance would also permit a Type A or B family to have up to two servants, roomers or permanent guests, provided the dwelling unit was larger than 1,000 square feet.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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