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

Three generations of the family that owns of Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston were honored tonight on the bakery’s 75th anniversary this week.

Here’s our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.

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

Public Works Supervisor Glenn Crabtree gets a model garbage truck and snowplow from Public Works Director Suzette Robinson. Crabtree, who started with the city in 1971, is retiring this week.

Meeting called to order at 7:28 p.m.

Special Use for Resale Establishment Minouchic Boutique at 1900 Asbury Ave.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says doesn’t understand need for suspension of the rules to immediately approve the permit.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, says requested it because thought would be ready to open.

Owner says work is ongoing but all cosmetics. Work was being done without a permit — but that was by the landlord not the store owner.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, says a business owner would be reluctant to do all the work without having approval from the city for the permit.

Mark Muenzer, director of community development, says still needs to have substantial amount of electrical work. Rest of work, he says is generally cosmetic.

Owner says wants to be open at the end of the month so would like to get approval tonight.

Holmes says would rather see it approved tonight, but understands concern of some members. Rainey says she favors the project, but just is reluctant to suspend the rules and give it final approval tonight.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, says normal procedure is to introduce at one meeting and approve it at the next one.

Approval given to introduce the ordinance. (With vote on final approval in two weeks.)

Open Parking in street-side yard at 1202 Sherman

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, says the whole area is parking challenged — difficult for me, he says — would like to get another car off the street — but understands the staff’s concern as well.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, says she agrees with staff and ZBA on the issue.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, asks whether had been any contract with neighbors.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says she’s inclined to support the request.

After lengthy discussion the aldermen vote to introduce the proposal but ask staff to work with property owner on possible alternative solutions

Vacation rental license for 2353 Ridge Ave.

Owners are Stephan and Margaret Romm. They say they plan to rent out one bedroom with bath in their home, now that their son is grown and has left home.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, says she’s happy that they plan to be living in the home when guests are present.


Discussion item: Bed & Breakfast Distance and Ownership Requirements

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, says she made the reference to the Plan Commission and don’t need to have discussion of it tonight.

Rainey says she thinks a professional manager might be a better manager than the owner — Plan Commission should thoroughly explore that, she says. Rainey says she thinks the requirement would be onerous on the owner.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, asks for Plan Commission to consider alternative ownership structures for B&Bs.

Question referred to Plan Commission.

Meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

Full City Council meeting to start in 10 minutes.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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