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Recap: Planning and Development Committee

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

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:40 p.m.

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

Meeting called to order at 7:40 p.m.

Minutes approved (with minor correction).

P 1 – Garrett Place honorary street name sign "Shakespeare Garden Founder's Way"

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says council has talked about more permanent historical markers in the past. In this case looking for a permanent directional sign leading people from Sheridan Road to the garden. Suggests referring the idea back to him for further discussion.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says thinks still want the honorary street name sign.

Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, says directional signage seems pretty lame.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, says directional is really different than an honorary sign — can't see why wouldn't want both.

Trish Bard, president of Garden Club of Evanston, says the club was founded 100 years ago, same year Jens Jensen designed the Shakespeare Garden. Says the garden is a tourist destination.

But says its now very hard for visitors to find.

Says garden club members maintain the garden.

Says want the honorary street name sign. 

Rainey recommends approving the sign tonight and refer the historical marker idea for further discussion.

Fiske says ordinance apparently only allows honorary street names for living persons.

Bobkiewicz says can make revision to that in the future. Says have approved signs for "Giordano Dance" and some other non-individual living human persons.

Fiske says says told no for 2nd Baptist Church and some others because of the living human beings exception.

So tonight's proposal is approved.

P 2 – RTA treansit-oriented development parking regulations update resolution. No cost to the city. Approved.

Discussion item

Implementation of the West Evanston Plan

Presentation on this item.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says good positive stuff is happening on the west side — is just a step at a time.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, says doesn't want to go back to Plan Commission and have long meetings to address what are really simple issues.

Says the two business associations and the residents need to come up with priorities and line them up with where the budget dollars are.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, says the progress has been slow but steady. Says is really excited about the prospects with 1823 Church that won't have any vacancies on buildings on the north side of Church. Says there is more work to be done. Says before 2005 nothing had been done in the area for 50 years.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

City Council meeting to begin at 8:25 p.m.

 

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