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July Headlines
New Evanston ADU Zoning Code

To address the cost of housing in our community, the City of Evanston’s Plan Commission started discussions on a more comprehensive accessory dwelling unit (ADU) code on July 8th (meeting packet here).

This ordinance would legalize “attached” ADUs (e.g. basement conversions and interior suites) and support the development of accessible, ground-level ADUs for aging residents. Read more from Evanston Now in this article.

The next Plan Commission meeting will be on Wednesday, August 12th at 7:00PM Central Time. Please consider signing up to provide public comments if you want these affordable housing policies to move forward!


GreenBuilt Home Tour

On July 8th, EDC gave a presentation to more than 200 viewers on environmentally sustainable construction methods and ADUs at Illinois Green Alliance’s virtual GreenBuilt Home Tour. 

Dick spoke about the connection between smaller-sized homes, climate action, and social equity. You can view a recording of the event here.

Tenant & Homeowner Resources

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with a slate of eviction moratoriums and unemployment benefits which are set to expire, many believe that the U.S. is headed towards a surge in evictions. 

If you, or someone you know, are behind on housing payments and are worried about losing your home, you can contact the Metropolitan Tenants Organization at (773) 292-4988, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing at (312) 347-7600, or the Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County at (877) 426-6515.

Featured Event

Designing Your Backyard Home Webinar
August 19th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Are you curious about how to design a backyard home in Evanston?

Join EDC’s architecture team for a free, virtual event on how to approach ADU design when considering a backyard home for yourself, an aging parent, or a renter. You can get tickets now on Eventbrite!


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