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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 tonight's agenda items is available online.

Meeting convenes at 7:40 p.m. 

Meeting minutes for Nov. 25 approved unanimously.

Amendment to professional services agreement for Main St. Transit Orient agreement.

Ongoing plan needs extension of three months…will provide city with recommendations of how to connect stations, improvements to parkland around area…study is ongoing, two public meetings and consultants all on board, due to staff turnover (in Evanston) need three extra months, no extra cost, says Director of Community Development, Mark Muenzer. 

Recommended unanimously.

Approval of 2014 Open Communities Landlord Tenant Program Grant ($35,000):

Report recieved is excellent. Should we not amend landlord tenant ordinance to include source of income as a reason you cannot deny housing? asks Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward. 

We have talked about that, says Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward.

Grant Farrar, city attorney: We will certainly look into that. I believe I know what you're speaking to…staff will vet it properly. 

I will make reference, says Rainey. 

I think it was proposed that source of income not to be a barrier to housing, we had outcry from landlords saying you can't do that to us, now it became state issue and statute now says you can't discriminate, says Rainey.

Glad you bring that up, I've had a couple complaints in past that folks are still refusing section 8 folks. As much education as can be done to landlords to make them understand they just can't do that, says Alderman Dolores Holmes, 5th Ward.

We're supposed to have names of all landlords, at least managers through our registration program so perhaps we could spend a little money and send a notice out reminding people of ordinance itself and amendment we are about to make, says Rainey. 

Granting zoning relief to establish open parking of 1912 Livingston St. For introduction and recommended unanimously.

No discussion. 

Meeting adjourns at 7:46 p.m. City Council meeting to start in 10 minutes. 

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