A special City Council subcommittee is to begin its review of Evanston's inclusionary housing ordinance tonight.
The committee will be wrestling with several conflicting goals:
- Producing more on-site affordable housing while also dispersing units across the community -- when most new construction is concentrated downtown.
- Attempting to generate more funds from developers to fund more affordable units -- while not stifling development by imposing such steep burdens that developers abandon the city.
- Striking the best balance between aid to the very poor and help for more middle-class households.
It also may look at adopting new impact or linkage fees so that new developments not now covered by the inclusionary housing ordinance -- like single family homes or commercial properties -- could be forced to contribute funds toward affordable housing.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Library at the Civic Center. A packet of materials prepared for the meeting is available online.
The committee includes four aldermen, Judy Fiske, Ann Rainey, Eleanor Revelle and Don Wilson, as well as five citizen-members.
They are Rob Anthony of the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County, Lynn Robinson of Robinson Rentals, Jolene Saul of Brinshore Development, Kent Swanson of Riverside Investment & Development and Stacie Young of Community Investment Corporation.