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Winnetka Votes to End Affordable Housing Plan; Property Maintenance Code Passes

Tensions ran high during a five-hour village council meeting Tuesday night, when legislation for affordable housing and property maintenance code were under the microscope.

NEWS BRIEF, 1:30 a.m.

Affordable Housing

Village trustees voted 4-3 to approve a resolution to end the affordable housing debate in . After several hours of public comments and trustee debate, the resolution was amended and a majority of council members voted that the council should not expand the current affordable housing plan.

This effectively puts to rest the plan prescribed by the Winnetka Plan Commission, which worked on new affordable housing legislation for about five years.

Becky Hurley of the Plan Commission said, "It was a spirited discussion that got to the values of our community. I respect the council's decision. However, I am unclear about the priorities of the village." She noted the different affordable housing mandates of the village during public comments. 

The wording of the amended Section Two of the resolution reads: "Given the current condition of the economy, cost of land and lack of meaningful development opportunities in the village, it is the opinion of the council that the Amended Affordable Housing Plan adopted May 10, 2005 not be amended further at this time." 

Carry Buck, the chairman of Winnetka Home Owners Association (WHOA), said, "The Affordable Housing iniative has been stopped and that's good enough for now — but the decision leaves room for it to resurrect. Thank God the referendum is still in place."

Property Maintenance Code

Trustees voted in favor of the property maintenance code.

The council voted unanimously in favor of the code, which gives the village power to intervene in problematic landlord-renter situations, among other issues.

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*Dec. 15 9:20 a.m. Correction: The property maintenance code was passed without amendment to the wording.

Matt December 07, 2011 at 05:43 PM
A sad day for social and economic justice that affordable housing is off the table for Winnetka. One day, people will realize their is more to the world than themselves....
NS December 07, 2011 at 09:21 PM
No worries, Matt. Folks like those are not that important. They just think they are.
Jennifer Mcquet December 08, 2011 at 01:58 AM
Matt/Eva - This article is good, but a bit misleading. Discussion of AH, is not dead/off the table forever.....much of that was amended. It's more like a "pause." And on the UP side, the property maint. code passed 6-0!!! This was one of many things majorly contested by the WHOA....a group that is opposed to any and all things related to affordable housing. But our trustees listened to reason, hearts and heads and passed it. Done deal. Please e-mail winnetkaisneighborly@gmail.com if you'd like to get our summary of last night. And please know there are many Winnetkans that do not want to "build a moat." I hope you don't think everyone in the Village thinks more of themselves than the world and are completely self-important. Some, yes. All, NO! :-)
Tom December 08, 2011 at 06:09 AM
The caucus polling is not sufficient in that many "voters" were either misinformed or misled by WHOA. How many people really believe the village council acted to grand the wishes of the "majority" based on the caucus polling result? The act of avoidance by the village council is troubling and disappointing to many residents, and frankly very embarrasing as well.
Mary Carlisle December 16, 2011 at 07:18 AM
No, this is fabulous. Social Justice has it's roots in Marxism. I applaud them for keeping this issue at bay. The longer the better, because once the floodgates open, lookout. Keep your town Free as long as you possibly can. And in Illinois, it isn't easy. Make no mistake about, Obama's minions work day and night to ram their liberal crap down down our throats until one say we all wake up to find "We're all socialists now." Stand firm Winnetka and have the courage to continue to just say no.
Sully December 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM
So social justice is wrong. Got it. Whatever happened to the land of opportunity? Oh of course- only if you're born in the right circumstances does that apply. Yes, there have been many success stories of people coming from disadvantage to rise above, but I'd have to say the percentages aren't so great. What a noble thought that everyone has an equal chance in this society. Noble doesn't make it realistic though. Hey Mary- what is Winnetka keeping "free"?
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