Minutes of the July 18, 2017 NWSNA Meeting

Minutes of the July 18, 2017 NWSNA Meeting

 Present:  Carol Gulyas, Sandi Clothier, Olivia Dorfman, Cheryl Sweeney, Vernon Sweeney, Bill Baus, Michelle Henderson

– Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) – Sandi Clothier reported on the Council of Neighborhood Association’s (CONA’s) concerns with the City’s proposal for a by-right, one-year experiment to allow 30 ADUs to be built in Bloomington. These would be constructed on the property of existing houses in the form of additions, subdivisions or separate units.  ADUs are sometimes referred to as “granny flats,” since this sort of dwelling is intended to temporarily house an aging or infirm relative of the homeowner, a caretaker, or the homeowners themselves. The goal is to allow more affordable housing options as well as to help homeowners “age in place.”

CONA’s concerns center around how the City will enforce compliance and the impact of ADUs on core neighborhoods. The ordinance (Ord 17-29) permitting ADUs, in the form in which it went to the City Council for review, can be found at this link: https://bloomington.in.gov/onboard/meetingFiles/download?meetingFile_id=417

CONA’s letter to the City Council can be found at this link: http://cona.bloomington.in.us/2017/06/28/conas-accessory-dwelling-units-adu-assessment/

The City Council is planning to take up the issue of ADUs during their meeting on September 6th.

– Historic Sign –  Vicki Provine of HAND reported (via e-mail) that the Parks Department has a sign about the Near West Side neighborhood that used to be displayed near the Fairview Elementary School but had been taken down during the construction of the present school building. The Parks Department will put it back for us but wanted our input as to location.  After brief discussion, the board voted to have the sign reinstalled at its original location, in front of the school on Rogers St.

– Board Membership –  The board voted to appoint Bill Baus a board member at large.

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