Winnetka considers affordable housing plan

April 12, 2011

The Winnetka Village Council will be hearing from residents tonight on a controversial affordable housing plan proposed for the toney North Shore suburb.

The council is making it clear the affordable housing proposal doesn't include Section 8 or low income housing. Under the plan, a family of four must make a gross yearly income between $75,000 and $105,000 to be eligible for an affordable owner-occupied unit. Eligibility for rentals would require a family to earn an income of about $45,000 to $75,000. The proposal only applies to new constructions or commercial buildings being converted to residential units.
 
Some critics have said the plan would drive down property value and attract criminals to the community.
 
Winnetka council members won't be voting on the measure tonight, but they'll discuss the plan and listen to public comment during a study session starting at 7:30.