Residential developments that include on-site affordable housing may be taller and denser and have fewer parking spaces than those that do not, under a recent zoning amendment to the City’s inclusionary housing ordinance.

Greater allowances will be given to projects within transit-oriented development areas, those specified as being close enough to public transportation to reduce the need for residents to own cars. All projects must be within residential districts, must provide on-site affordable housing units and must comply with all other sections of the City’s inclusionary housing ordinance (IHO).

As examples, projects that include on-site affordable units, that comply with the provisions of the IHO, that are built within residential districts in transit-oriented development (TOD) areas specified by the City will be permitted to have bonuses in height of 10%, in density of  20%, and in floor-area ratio (FAR) of 10%. Residential projects that are located outside of a TOD but otherwise satisfy those requirements will be permitted similar bonuses but on a reduced scale, such as a 5% bonus in height and a 10% bonus in density. Both types of projects will also be permitted to provide fewer parking spaces than are currently required by the zoning code.

These bonuses were recommended by the City’s Plan Commission in September and approved without discussion at the Council’s Dec. 12 meeting.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...