Neighborhood Meeting: Alternative Options for R-7 Zoning Changes
The R-7 zoning district contains all of Urbana’s historic and architecturally-significant fraternity and sorority houses. The City of Urbana’s Planning Division would like to explore options to help preserve these important buildings and ensure their long-term viability for decades to come. As a resident of the West Urbana Neighborhood, we would love to hear your thoughts on how we can make that happen by making changes to our zoning ordinance.
The goal of the R-7, University Residential zoning district is to provide areas for dormitories and rooming houses near the University of Illinois, and to insure the longevity, architectural character, and use of the existing buildings in the district. While the zoning regulations in the R-7 district have done a good job of preventing the buildings in the district from being torn down, those same regulations make reuse and, in turn, preservation of these important buildings more difficult.
On October 12, 2021, Planning staff hosted a virtual neighborhood meeting to have a preliminary discussion about potential changes to the zoning regulations that would help maintain the intent of the R-7 district, while providing more options to reuse the old fraternity, sorority and rooming houses that make up the district. Since then, staff has been developing alternative options to consider that would prioritize reuse of the existing buildings in R-7. The draft alternatives will be posted to the R-7 Zoning Update project page on Tuesday, December 7th, on the City of Urbana website, at: R-7 Zoning Update | City of Urbana (urbanaillinois.us).
Please join us for a (virtual) neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, December 14th at 7:00pm to discuss these zoning alternatives for the R-7 district.
Who: Residents of the West Urbana Neighborhood, Urbana Planning staff, and anyone else who is interested in this topic
What: Discussion about zoning changes in the R-7 district
Where: Virtual Meeting Online! (See below)
When: Tuesday, December 14th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Please contact Kat Trotter at email@example.com or (217) 328-8267 with any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Video Meeting Information (note: no external software is required for RingCentral meetings)
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