The City Council’s Planning and Development Committee has scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday, January 5, to discuss plans to force developers to provide affordable housing in the city.

Several speakers at Monday night’s committee meeting urged aldermen to raise a proposed developer contribution to $100,000 for each 10 units in a project, from the $40,000 in the latest draft proposal from city staff.
Others suggested that developers should be required to include the affordable units at the site of their projects, rather than being allowed to contribute money to have the units built elsewhere.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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