attic and basement units (interior ADUs), as opposed to the detached and
exterior ADUs proposed by the Plan Commission. They feel it will often be
more affordable for a homeowner to create a basement or attic apartment
than it would be for that same homeowner to pay for either an addition or
entirely new construction on their property.
Iris Sims, Chair of the Plan Commission, then walked through how the Plan
Commission came to their recommendation for ADUs. The commission
reviewed the research presented from staff regarding ADUs throughout the
country. The commission then had multiple meetings in the fall, including
public meetings, and came to the recommended ordinance presented.
Additional information came to the commission after the fact in regards to
the impact on taxes, specifically on residential taxes, which gave some
concern that it would somehow be creating multi-family out of single-family
housing and negatively affecting the tax base.
Chair Sims added that she is in support of the staff recommended
Ordinance as it allows the owner more freedom to adapt their houses
based on their own personal needs.
The following person then read their Agenda Public Comment aloud:
Ed Solan: Ed Solan, a retired president of the Oak Park Residence
Corporation and Oak Park Housing Authority, spoke his agenda public
comment on behalf of the Advocacy Committee of Arbor West Neighbors.
They expressed concerns over the limited availability of affordable housing
for older adults in the village. They are in support of the village's changes to
the zoning code to support ADU's to facilitate aging in place.
Village Trustee Enyia expressed his gratitude for the work that has gone
into this Ordinance and is in support of ADUs in the village.
Village Trustee Robinson commented we are actually looking at the
affordability issue sort of as a double sided issue; the affordability of the
provider of the ADU in terms of being able to afford the necessary
renovations to make the space code and regulation compliant, and, in the
sense of the consumer of those units, making sure that they're priced at
rental points that are in fact affordable and competitive with similarly
situated units. She requested some data or metrics to get an
understanding of what types of ADUs we would be seeing under this
amendment and whether or not existing services are taxed in a way that we
separately need to address. Trustee Robinson requested a commitment
from the Board to revisit these metrics and data in the future to ensure they
are making informed decisions from the data.
Village Trustee Parakkat requested clarification on if there was any
analysis done regarding the impact to village services (waste
management, parking, etc...). He supports a commitment to a time frame
for review of the data to enable the Board to course-correct if need be.