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Recap: Planning and Development Committee

Here's a recap of our live coverage of tonight's Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee. 

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

The meeting was scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m. Meeting called to order at 7:20 p.m.

Alderman Fiske chairs. Aldermen Wynne, Wilson, Holmes, Tendam, Grover and Rainey present.

Minutes approved.

P 1 – Special use for convenience store and accessory type 2 restaurant, Ad Val's Sweet, at 900 Chicago Ave. Approved.

P 1 – Special use for type 2 restaurant, Epic Burger, at 1622 Sherman Ave.

Consultant from restaurant says will exhaust through the roof, via a building stairwell, venting will be away from the residential portion of the building.

Says Evanston was number one on the chain's target list, despite having many burger restaurants already here.

Approved.

P 3 – Zoning text amendment for fences and invisible pet fences.

Community Development Director Mark Muenzer says the change would make fences on corner lots be set back two feet, with landscaping — rather than the 15 foot setback required now — which makes many narrow corner lots unusable.

The invisible pet fences aren't currently regulated. Says concernd that if on front property lines with no setbacks they ended up having dogs walking along sidewalk attacked. New ordinance requires sit foot setback from any public right of way.

Tendam says lot of the problems have occurred in his ward. Says no good reason for having the invisible fences right up at the sidewalk. Ordinance shouldn't prevent dogs from being able to roam.

Rainey praises the side yard provision. Says invisible fences are dangerous should ban them.

Fiske says if dog is highly motivated it will take the first shock to leave, but not the second to come back home. Says it's not a security against the dog getting out of the yard. Doesn't replace an actual fence or having the dog under restraint.

Rainey says since can't see the invisible fence, how are going to be able to regulate it?

Approved.

P 4.1 and P 4.2 – Dempster-Main overlay district — require special use approval for office and financial uses on ground floors.

Rainey says it's an excellent solution … and a lot less controversial than making nail salons special uses.

Approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

City Council meeting to start at 7:50 p.m.

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