Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to discuss a proposal to expand affordable housing options in the city by legalizing the rental of coach houses to people who aren't family members or employees of the household living in the main building on the lot.
The liberalization proposal was then sent to the Plan Commission, which endied up tied on whether to recommend the change to Council.
The revised version of the plan staff will present to aldermen tonight adds two restrictions.
One change would limit the number of coach houses on a lot to one per single-family detached dwelling.
The other would require that a coach house must contain a garage -- based on the idea that coach houses were originally designed to house carriages to be pulled by horses.
However another city zoning provision limits the height of newly-constructed accessory dwelling units to 14,5 feet if they have a flat roof, or 20 feet to the peak of a pitched roof.
A coach house in the 1700 block of Wesley Avenue.
That, combined with the garage requirement, would make it difficult to build a traditional coach house design -- with garage space on the first level and living space above -- without seeking a zoning variation.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to hear just such a variation request on April 17 from a homeowner seeking to build a coach-house-like structure with a garage below and an artist's studio above on a lot at 1503 Church St.
Examples, from the 1800 block of Wesley Avenue, of modern coach house designs that appear to comply with the height limits in the zoning code.
Plan Commission splits on coach houses (3/15/18)
Aldermen reject coach house rent control (1/30/18)