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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 meeting.

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

Meeting called to order at 7:32 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Harold's Chicken Shack, 337 Howard St. Special use permit for type 2 restaurant. Approved.

DMK Burger Bar and Fish Bar, 815 Noyes St. Special use permit for type 2 restaurant. Approved.

Related story here.

1300 Oak Ave — Special Use for a retirement home and major zoning relief for a one-story addition. Approved.

Bed & Breakfast zoning amendments. Related story here. Mark Muenzer, community development director, reviews the proposal.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, moves introduction. Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, seconds.

Fiske says have two approved commercial B&Bs within 100 feet and a 3rd proposed for a block away. Says it's time to address this.

Says there is interest among other parties to open commercial B&Bs especially in the lakefront neighborhood. Says proposal has the support of the neighborhood — although they'd like to see even stricter restrictions. Says commercial uses really are disruptive — in some people's minds to the residential character of the neighobhrood.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says we don't know that because none of the B&Bs have opened yet

Motion is defeated 5-2, only Fiske and Wynne vote for it.

Grover says she liked the distinction between type 1 and type 2 proposal.

Says she has concerns about the ownership requirement and the separation rules.

Says city has one licensed short-term rental … and they don't require a special use … thinks not being consistent about those and B&Bs.

Wilson says he agrees with much of what Grover said. Says thinks the ownership requirement is arbitrary. Says thinks should decide B&Bs on case-by-case basis — in some places several in a row might be appropriate — in other places none would be.

Holmes says the 33% ownership occupancy requirement is really high. Says don't have any basis yet for deciding how much impact the B&Bs have — because none have opened yet.

Tendam says not that many B&Bs in the pipeline and can be dealt with one-on-one as a special use.

Says the separation requirement would be far too restrictive.

Meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.

City Council meeting to start about 8 p.m.

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