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    Zoning excluding Zoning Board of Appeals chairperson

    Let me setup this:

    Apparently, the Chairperson for the Zoning Board of Appeals that I work with is resigning the position because he/she has to move, but cannot afford another house in the Village (of 50,000), so she/he is moving out of the municipality. But there are areas in the Village that are higher density and relatively cheap, but have a slightly negative social stigma.

    Now, is this an example of the effects of zoning's habit of restricting a diverse mix of housing? Or could that just be a spurious correaltion.

    It is an interesting irony that the ZBA chair may have been forced to resign because of the zoning, though.

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    ZBA Chairman/woman/person

    We have had people move out of our jurisdiction and thus resign (we even had one who surreptitiously lived outside but stayed on till we caught him/her/scumbag). They always left because of job, retirement and so forth.

    The situation you describe sounds peculiar. Reading between the lines there seems to be some sense that this person has other reasons for getting off and out. Do you get that sense?

    How tight is your housing market? Is it reasonable that they are unable to find something similar in a like neighborhood?
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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    We're in northwest metro Chicago, so the housing is overvalued, especially single family detached.

    We are mostly SFD, with a couple old rental apt. complex pods and some pretty high density townhouse areas. The apt and townhouse areas are the ones with the negative stigma, and there are other personal dynamics which may be preventing the ZBA chair from being able to afford anything.

    The unfortunate thing though is that he/she was a very good board member: well reasoned and capable of controlling the other members.
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