ADDISON – The Village Board recently gave the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) approval to conduct an area housing study in Addison.
“Housing is a big issue for all of the suburbs right now,” said Director of Community Relations John Berley.
The study is part of the Homes for a Changing Region project which helps municipalities develop long-term housing policy plans to serve current and future populations. The study will also include Wood Dale, Bensenville and Villa Park.
Berley said CMAP tries to choose municipalities in the same region and housing market when it conducts Homes for a Changing Region projects, and he sees the benefit of it.
“We’re also networking with our neighboring communities,” Berley said.
The study is provided by an in-kind grant, and Berley said the village wouldn’t likely have the funds to conduct the study otherwise.
Addison applied for the free study about a year ago after the village received a comprehensive plan update. Housing was just one part of the strategic plan.
“We’re kind of built out,” he said.
The study would most likely focus on suggestions for redevelopment, rather than new developments in the region, by using a variety of methods, from statistical analysis to focus groups. Over a nine to 10 month period, CMAP will develop a plan based on housing projections by considering the community’s current and future needs. The type and amount of senior housing, energy efficient homes or rental properties could be considerations.
The study could also be a good tool for developers, which Berley hopes to see more of as the housing market bounces back.
“This was kind of getting ahead of the curve a little coming out of the recession,” Berley said.