Recap: Planning and Development Committtee

Here's a recap of our live coverage of tonight's Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting at which aldermen will discuss a tree preservation ordinance along with several other issues.

A packet with information on tonight's agenda items is availabel online.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m.

P1 - St. A's parking

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Revelle says she believes the revised plan will work well.

Says will be safer for students and reduce traffic congestion and pickup time.

She proposes an amendment regarding removing a play area from the plan.

That's approved.

Ordinance as amended is approved for introduction.

P2 - Zoning relief for parking at 2008 Harrison St.

Revelle says seems to be ample parking in the back and the building is just a few feet away from a transit oriented development area -- which wouldn't requrie the variance.

Approved unanimously

P3 - Cannabis use regulations

Rainey requests to split the proposal into two parts.

Says she's spoken with several attorneys representing various potential users. Says is concerned that while talk about "social justice applicants" very few people will be allowed additional licenses in Evanston.

Says would like to hold in committee the transport, infuser and craft grower licenses to look at distance requirements for those.

Says city might only get one or two infuser licenses -- says no reason to exclude them from distrits that allow bakeries and restaurants. Says won't be like people standing out behind your building smoking weed. It will smell more like brownies. Says don't have to limit these to the area by the tow company on Oakton.

Suggests only approving the change from 750 feet to 500 feet and postponing action on the rest.

After some parliamentary back and forth, change in distance limit is approved and the rest of the ordinance is sent back for further work

P4 - Tree preservation

Paul D'Agostino of city staff does presentation.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, suggests expanding the scope to cover remodeling, additions as well as new construction.

D'Agostino says if an addition 600 sf or larger would be covered.

Revelle says wants to include pervious surfaces as well as impervious ones.

Approved for introduction as amended

Meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.



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