Village of Bull Valley’s Methods to Attract Affordable Housing

Accessory Apartments Part of Affordable Housing Plan

McHenry County Blog was forwarded a letter from Bull Valley Village Clerk Phyllis Keinz in response to a FOIA request, an excerpt from the letter:

“an email that went out to residents to update them on a Village zoning change that could help us meet our affordable housing requirements. That document is attached.

To develop our state mandated affordable housing plan in a Village that has not seen development for fifteen years, we incorporated other methods into our plan that can attract affordable housing.

This 2010 sign is at the intersection of Fleming and Bull Valley Roads.

Accessory apartments is one of several methods included in the plan.

We also passed an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to require affordable housing in any development proposal in the future.

Copies of our Affordable Housing Plan final and Inclusionary Housing Code are available on request.  Our Village President is also available to meet with you and discuss the affordable housing challenges we face in this small Village”

The email letter sent to residents reads:

Dear Bull Valley Residents:

The updated zoning ordinance, that was passed last fall, contains an important new section on Accessory Apartments that can help the Village meet its state-mandated affordable housing goal.  We need your help.

The State of Illinois mandates that municipalities offer affordable housing and have a plan in place to do so.

If we do not meet our plan, the state Housing Appeals Board can force us to accept a large housing development when one is proposed.

The Village can satisfy its affordable housing requirement in different ways.

To maintain Village character, one aspect of our plan is to encourage individual accessory apartments rather than a larger, separate affordable housing development.

We now have a Village ordinance permitting accessory apartments to accomplish this.

An accessory apartment is a complete, second dwelling unit located within or attached to a principal single-family dwelling.

It can be a separate, internal unit or a freestanding structure such as a coach house or garage apartment.

One accessory apartment is permitted per lot and can be included in new development or added to existing development.

This means it is no longer a zoning violation to have an accessory apartment, whether it’s rented or not. The Village will not require you to comply with Illinois affordable housing rental rates, but if you choose to do so, your accessory apartment will help the Village meet its affordable housing goals.

Even if your rate does not qualify as affordable at this time, it is important to register your unit, as it could come into compliance the next time the state rates are adjusted.

To assure that our Village housing statistics are correct, the Village is participating in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) in advance of the upcoming 2020 Census.

This gives us the ability to verify and add or correct any addresses.

This is also an opportunity to submit information on accessory apartments that could add to our affordable housing quota.

The Census Bureau will provide us the necessary materials in February of 2018.

We have 120 calendar days, or until June, to respond.

If you have or plan to build an accessory apartment we need to hear from you by May 1, 2018.

This will give us time to make sure the census bureau will identify your accessory unit as a separate, countable address.

The next Affordable Housing review by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) will be in 2018.

At that time, our plan that was submitted in 2015 will come up for review. We are asking all of you who have accessory apartments to please register them with the Village.

Emily Berendt and county board candidate John Jung converse with Tina Hill.

Meeting Schedules

As always we invite you to attend any Village meeting to share information or ask questions.

The schedule for regular Village meetings is below. Call ahead at 815-459-4833 to make sure the meeting has not been rescheduled.

All meetings are held at Village Hall, Stickney House 1904 Cherry Valley Road, Bull Valley.

Village Board of Trustees meets the fourth Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Parks and Grounds Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m.

As always, please feel free to email me with questions or call me directly.

Emily Berendt


Village of Bull Valley’s Methods to Attract Affordable Housing — 8 Comments

  1. Section 8, ain’t it great ?
    The residents of Bull Valley are about to reap the rewards of “diversity”.
    Good luck, you fools.

  2. Enjoy compassionate conservatism in action here in the sunshine blog…tic, tock, meow, meow, tic, tock…

  3. Re:

    “The State of Illinois mandates that municipalities offer affordable housing and have a plan in place to do so.”

    Maybe someone should challenge the State in the courts, up to the Supreme Court, on their mandate. If houses have been put up for sale and then bought by persons in the last 10 years in Bull Valley, then the houses bought were “affordable”. People who bought the houses could “afford” to do so.

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