Joint Meeting of City Council & Housing Task Force

The meeting is Tuesday, June 26, 6 p.m. in DeKalb council chambers. The joint meeting is a signal that the work of the Safe/Quality Housing Task Force is almost done and that proposals will come up for votes at council soon. The city’s agenda does not list specific items, so I got mine from the … Continue reading Joint Meeting of City Council & Housing Task Force

The Housing Task Force, Its Surprise Consultant & Trust

The last full meeting of DeKalb’s Safe/Quality Task Force was November 16 and I attended. A funny thing happened there. The meeting started out with members expressing dismay that the city had unilaterally brought in a consultant to work on some of the same issues the Task Force is addressing, namely property maintenance code enforcement … Continue reading The Housing Task Force, Its Surprise Consultant & Trust

First 5 Things the Housing Task Force Should Do

1. Ask the City to find a little space on the front page of its website to advertise upcoming meetings. 2. Review the codes. 3. Request the City conduct public hearings to start a comprehensive evaluation of the fairness and effectiveness of code enforcement activities. 4. Direct the crafting of an electronic survey to incorporate … Continue reading First 5 Things the Housing Task Force Should Do

No Task Force, No Public Input Allowed at Council’s Special Meetings on Housing Issues

[Updated with link 5:30 p.m.] The DeKalb City Council is planning three special meetings on housing issues, scheduled as follows: Wednesday, Aug 22 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 19 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 10 at 6 p.m. The meetings will not include Safe/Quality Housing Task Force members except as members of the audience who … Continue reading No Task Force, No Public Input Allowed at Council’s Special Meetings on Housing Issues

Task force a potential bright spot for Annie Glidden North revitalization

It’s no secret that my main concern for the Annie Glidden North revitalization effort is the possibility that City of DeKalb and NIU are preparing to push a secret agenda to the detriment of public input and outcomes. As I exhaustively outlined for you earlier, email discussions of private planning, from the “DeKalb 2020 Prospectus” … Continue reading Task force a potential bright spot for Annie Glidden North revitalization

First Reading of Housing Ordinance Changes Comes Tomorrow

The agenda for tomorrow’s city council meetings is here. Now, it finally becomes apparent* that the $6 million they’ve got stockpiled in the TIF 2 fund is mostly going to go into the Municipal Building. Of course, the use of TIF money for this purpose will bring in all kinds of new private development and … Continue reading First Reading of Housing Ordinance Changes Comes Tomorrow

Two Poodles Bring Zombie Housing Ordinance to Council

DeKalb’s Committee of the Whole agenda for Monday includes a zombie ordinance. Enclosed is an old draft of an ordinance prepared by Klein Thorpe, and Jenkins in which property maintenance items were at one time included in a former draft of the Chronic Nuisance ordinance. The Housing Task Force rejected the ordinance, and Council already … Continue reading Two Poodles Bring Zombie Housing Ordinance to Council

Public Hearing on Housing Ordinances Coming Up Wednesday

There’s a special meeting of the DeKalb city council on Wednesday, September 19, concerning the Safe/Quality Housing Task Force vs. city staff recommendations. Last time, staff made its case while everybody else listened. This time there’s a public hearing. The items under consideration are as follows: 1. SAFE AND QUALITY HOUSING ISSUES a. Crime-free Lease … Continue reading Public Hearing on Housing Ordinances Coming Up Wednesday

Rental Association Positions on Proposed Housing Ordinances

DeKalb’s city council will hold a special workshop meeting August 22, 6 p.m. in council chambers, to discuss proposals related to the work of the Safe/Quality Housing Task Force. The agenda and backup materials (a 109-page PDF) are here. If you’ve been following the work of the task force, especially lately, you know that its … Continue reading Rental Association Positions on Proposed Housing Ordinances