Welcome to the Affordable Housing project page.
The current project status is: based on the feedback provided by the City Council at the December 4, 2023 meeting, City staff is working with the City Attorney to create a draft housing plan document and Ordinance. That plan document will be publicly presented and circulated in January. An official public hearing will also need to be hosted prior to a City Council vote to adopt the plan, and file it with Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) in Springfield. The materials from the City Council’s December 4th meeting can be found here: https://parkridge.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=2737&meta_id=128431 The draft plan document will be posted to this website.
The City Council has been reviewing the requirements of the State of Illinois’s housing law and the need to draft a plan since 2022. The final outcome is to adopt a housing plan and file it with the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) in Springfield, with the goal of adoption early 2024. During this process the City worked with the Metropolitan Mayor’s Caucus (MMC) over multiple public meetings, culminating in a final presentation on September 18th, 2023. As the City continues forward there will be additional opportunities for the public to comment and participate.
The recent publicly presented materials include: Memo from the city attorney (July), MMC panel presentation (July) and final report (September). Links to these documents and meeting videos are listed below.
Presentations and Materials
• May 2, 2022 – City Manager’s report including City Attorney Memo
• May 16, 2022 – MMC presentation
• February 6th – Memo and Presentation Slides
• May 15th – Director’s Update on MMC Project and Housing Plan
• July 24th – City Attorney Memo and MMC Panel Presentation and meeting video
• September 18th – MMC’s Final Report
o MMC report, Homes for a Changing Region: City of Park Ridge (September 2023)
• November 6th - Preliminary Discussion on State of Illinois Housing Act Goals
• December 4th - City Council, Discussion of Affordable Housing Plan and Memo
Affordable Housing Plan and Appeal Act (Public Act 103-0487)
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Park Ridge Housing FAQ
It is an act passed in 2003 by the State of Illinois to address the lack of moderately-priced housing in many Illinois communities, the implementation of which has been delegated to IHDA. This FAQ is current through Public Act 102-175, but there are additional amendments which may become effective later this year.
The Caucus has a number of staff members, one of which helps with Housing and Community Development Initiatives. The MMC and CMAP are providing technical assistance and helping in the affordable housing outreach and discussion and development of the affordable housing plan required by the AHPAA.
Example: For an area with a median household income of $74,621 (Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 2020 median), then an eligible household would earn no greater than 80%, or 59,696.80 a year. A household with a gross income of $59,686 would spend no more than $17,906 a year on owner-occupied housing expenses (e.g., mortgage, amortization, taxes, insurance, HOA fees, etc.)
For non-exempt municipalities, they are required to adopt and submit an Affordable Housing Plan to IDHA. (More info in the 2018 AHPAA handbook)
IDHA publishes a list of local governments with their affordability percentages approximately every 5 years. You can find the list here. It is anticipated the list will be updated in 2024.
So, while housing is part of a comprehensive plan, an affordable housing plan is separate from the comprehensive plan and carries legal implications under Illinois law.
No, the Planning and Zoning Commission does not need to be involved as the affordable housing plan does not change local zoning rules or regulations and is not necessarily part of the Comprehensive Plan.
- Total number of affordable housing units required by the reporting municipality based on the AHPAA Local Government Exemption Report published by IHDA.
- Identify lands within the municipality most appropriate for the construction of affordable housing.
- Incentives the municipality may provide to attract affordable housing.
- Selection of one of three (3) goals:
- Minimum 15% of all new or redevelopment to be affordable
- Require minimum of 3% point increase in overall percentage of affordable housing in the municipality
- Require a minimum of 10% affordable housing within the municipality
(Source 2018 AHPAA Handbook)The structure of the plan is provided by State law although the policymaking decisions are ultimately up to the Park Ridge City Council.