DuPage County Puzzle Pieces: An Example?

It can’t happen here…right?


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Just a maybe example of what could go wrong.  This is based on a development proposal that was brought before council last October and was sent back to county as being opposed to by the village.  It was 24 town-homes on 2.75 acres right next to the village.

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DuPage County Puzzle Pieces: T-01-09

Changing the rules.

Inspecting a potential WFH candidate?

T-01-09-Proposed Amendments to the DuPage County Zoning Ordinance relative to Workforce Development Housing (AWFH) Regulations (Request to Send to ZBA for Public Hearing) covers that zoning changes that Sandack and staff are alarmed (concerned?) about.  Downers Grove will word a resolution opposing the changes in the county zoning code this ordinance amendment proposes.  Lombard and Woodridge have already expressed their opposition.

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DuPage County Puzzle Pieces: NSP

Going into the real estates business.

DuPage County’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) pumps a one time federal payment of $5,176,438 into a program designed to “provide funding for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and resale of the many foreclosed homes peppering the neighborhoods of DuPage County.  The county, at it’s discretion, can continue the program past the first year, and put additional funds into the program if it decides to.

At the federal level the NSP was initiated in September 2008 by the Bush administration to help stem the rising tide of home foreclosures.

$150,000 has been earmarked for homebuyer assistance.  That might be where the “workforce housing” idea comes from, helping defray the cost of housing so public employees can live near where they work.

$454,043 is earmarked for county personnel to administer the program.  Although the program is a one time payment, the program itself has a four year life span.

$950,000 is earmarked for rehabbing existing structures.  there is no detailed explanation of how this amount will be spent, but the NSP might have specific guidelines within it’s prodigious rules.

$3,558.796 is earmarked for acquisition.  That’s enough to buy maybe 15 homes, or maybe 60 acres of open land.

The Development Committee, chaired by Kyle Gilgis, vetted this item on April 14.  Ms. Gilgis is from District 3 here in Downers Grove.

A complete overview of the federal NSP program can be found here.

DG Stats

Average sale price down, number of homes sold way down.


Source: city-data.com

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SB 1451: Amends The Counties Code

Affordable housing champion?

Affordable housing champion?

Flying under radar and under cover.

Council expressed a bit of feisty-ness Tuesday, weighing in strongly united and opposed to County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom’s plans to change county zoning ordinances.

That change would enable the county, among other things, to bring “affordable ‘workforce housing”‘ to unincorporated areas of DuPage County quickly, including those parts located almost wholly within Downers Grove.  While council are not necessarily against affordable housing, they are of a single mind against this county code change.

These two things seem unconnected at first.  But in DuPage, things are rarely unconnected…

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Fairview Village Expansion Goes To The Mattresses Updated

Both sides of the Fairview Village expansion effort have pushed, pulled, and jockeyed for position. On one side is Fairview Village, (history here, and present offerings here) an exceptional senior community that offers a wide variety of housing and care options for residents, and has proven a good neighbor on th east side of Fairview Avenue south of 63rd Street for many years. On the other are the residents of the west side of Fairview, who have looked at the single home residential zoning in their area change to higher density use twice, and are looking at it again.

Click on image for a full sized view. What was to be seven single family homes may now be 32 condos and a clubhouse.

Correction: I had assumed Jim Russ Jr. represented Fairview Village. He does not. Although at the meeting, he is not their attorney. I will say, as I did originally, that Russ knows the turf, and knows the boundaries of the turf that makes up what is acceptable to the Plan Commission and Council, resulting in good success getting projects he represents approved.

Plus, I had enough feedback from elected officials, I went back and found several errors.

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Don’t interfere with my free market. Don’t bring those people into my village. We don’t want trash living in homes they can’t keep up. Don’t tell me who I can and can’t sell to. Keep the government out of the real estate market. Yada yada yada. Blah blu blah blah blah. When it comes to housing, there’s no shortage of people lining up to tell other people what they can’t do. You can’t do this; don’t you dare think about doing that.

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