Park Ridge Comprehensive Plan: Housing Chapter

Focus on efforts to ensure housing is attainable for people with various income levels and in different stages of their lives.  Policies include:

  • Allow Accessory Dwelling Units where it makes sense
  • Allow more multifamily, mixed -use, and 2-3 family dwellings at specific locations along key corridors and in transit areas (Dee Road, Higgins Road)
  • Create a Housing Fund for: senior retrofitting, historic preservation, assistance to potential homebuyers.  Funding comes from fees on teardowns for new large single-family homes
  • Encourage Employer Assisted Housing for our workforce
  • File a Housing Plan with the state with clear goals.  It is the right thing and it is the law.

Benefits of Affordable Housing to the Community:

  • Promotes cultural and economic diversity; everyone can live, work and play affordably
  • Assists local businesses to attract and retain employees by creating valuable workforce housing
  • Helps alleviate traffic congestion and environmental impacts associated with long commutes
  • Attractive to seniors, young singles and families, disabled, people of all backgrounds

WHAT CAN I DO TO SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING POLICIES?

  1. Contact your Alderman
  2. Contact the Planning and Zoning Commission and Individual Commissioners
  3. Contact the entire City Council
  4. Attend City Council when it’s scheduled and Planning & Zoning Commission (6/30) meetings
  5. Write a Letter to the Editor of a local paper and post on social media

WHAT SHOULD I SAY?

  • Tell them why you care, what the benefits are as you see them
  • Tell them you support the above-listed policies in the Housing Chapter
  • State that you want your community to be INCLUSIVE and EQUITABLE

WHERE DO I SEND MY LETTER?

City Council:  public.comments@parkridge.us

Planning & Zoning Commission:  jcarlisle@parkridge.us

Individual Alderman email addresses are listed on the city website under City Council

For More Information on the Comprehensive Plan

Park Ridge Wonderful Website:  parkridgewonderful.com

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