The City Council this evening holds a special meeting to review a report recommending changes in the city’s development review process.
The report from consultant Virchow, Krause & Company of Chicago says the city needs to improve its approach to “ensure quality development that is aligned with community values.â€
The consultant says:
- The City Council and its Planning and Development Committee should refrain â€œfrom becoming mired in the technical detailsâ€ and â€œrespect staff technical expertise and maintain the necessary balance between honoring public input and considering technical realities.â€
- The City Council should â€œfocus on achieving the overall development vision,â€ and the committee should be the â€œlink between citizen inputâ€ and the overall vision.
- The process should be designed to avoid the repetitive public comment periods that lengthen the process and â€œoften result in modifications to projects that in the end are not in the best interest of the City.â€
The council tonight is also scheduled to receive a presentation on plans for city capital improvement projects for the next fiscal year.
A copy of the consultant’s 162-page report on the development process in Evanston is available as an attachment below.