Zoning Reform for Housing Production

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21 Jul 2022

As documented extensively in GBEDC's Housing Demand Analysis, a significant increase in housing production is needed to meet projected demand in the Beloit area.  As one of several initiatives to increase housing production, City staff has proposed an Ordinance to allow the construction of homes under 1,000 square-feet with approval of special zoning known as a Planned Unit Development (PUD).  Each of these proposals will require neighbor notification and hearings before the Plan Commission and City Council.  While most of the discussion has understandably focused upon "tiny homes," that is just one possible housing type with this framework. 
The core intent of this Ordinance is to create a framework for the development of ranch homes in the 800-1,000 square foot range on the approximately 500 vacant lots in the City, a type & size that dominated the housing landscape in Beloit from the 1950's to 1980's but has been effectively illegal since 2000. 
The Beloit Plan Commission will be reviewing this Ordinance further on Wednesday, August 3rd at 7 PM.  Please click here to read the Staff Report for the introduction of this topic at last night's meeting for additional information. 
If you have any question, please feel free to contact Drew Pennington
Drew Pennington, AICP
Interim President/CEO
Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation
Phone:  (608) 290-2903
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