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Recap: Planning and Development Committee

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

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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

Meeting called to order at 7:07 p.m.

P 1 – Vacation rental license for 2001 Orrington.

Approved

P 2 – Vacation rental license for 615 Central.

Approved.

P 3 – Front yard setback reduction.

Approved. Suffredin votes no.

P 4 – Third dwelling unit at 1822 Lyons

Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, says asks support — one unit will be kept affordable.

Approved.

P 5 – Firehouse Grill zoning relief

Approved. 

P 6 – Reprise Coffee Roaster special use.

Approved

Discussion item: Vacation rental licensing revisions

Revelle recommends adding amendments to require owner-occupancy.

Wynne says she agrees

Rue-Simmons suggests Evanston resident owner limite, rather than requireing owner occupancy.

Wynne asks what if somebody lives here but is gone for most of the year. Say somebody spends six months in Florida.

Rue Simmons says is concerned about absentee landlords who are out of state and have poor behaviors from clients.

Wynne says thinks need to have them nearby.

Rainey says one of the worst landlords in town lives in Skokie. Doesn’t think should worry about somebody being out of town for a few months. 

Fiske says its hard to tell how many vacation rentals there are in town.

Community Development Director Johanna Leonard says its hard to track.

Revelle says also concerned about investors scooping up properties and making housing more expensive. Wants proof of Evanston residency. Possible cap on number of rental nights.

Rainey says the more difficult we make it, the more people will try to get by without registering.

Discussion to continue. Leonard to bring back further proposal in September. Says there are about four vacation rental requests in the queue now.

Rainey asks whether there have been complaints about any rentals that have been licensed so far. Leonard says no.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

City Council to start at 7:40 p.m.

 

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