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Council votes against “plexes” in core neighborhoods

Members of the Bloomington City Council voted 6-2 to prohibit duplexes and triplexes in the city’s core neighborhoods, Thursday evening. Before voting the council heard comments from the public, and discussed the legislation.

The council met this week for a special session considering, “Ordinance 19-24, which Repeals and Replaces the Entire Text of Title 20 of the Bloomington Municipal Code Entitled “Unified Development Ordinance.””

Council members Steve Volan, and Jim Sims were in favor of allowing the “plexes.” Council members Chris Sturbaum and Dave Rollo wrote amendment 1 for the prohibition. Council member Isabel Piedmont-Smith drafted an amendment as a compromise to allow the “plexes” but limit the number of rooms in each unit, but it was defeated Wednesday night. Sims said he was hoping there could be a trial to see how allowing the “plexes” might work in practice because Bloomington lacks enough affordable housing for families.

There were several amendments to the UDO, and an amendment to remove conditional use limitations on ADUs in all residential and mixed-use districts was also being considered. There are 9 amendments in total being discussed, and voted on during the special session.

ADU stands for accessory dwelling unit, and is a secondary housing unit on a single family residential lot.

Community members react after amendment 1, which prohibits “plexes” in core neighborhoods, was passed 6-2 by the Bloomington City Council as they considered, “Ordinance 19-24, which Repeals and Replaces the Entire Text of Title 20 of the Bloomington Municipal Code Entitled “Unified Development Ordinance,”” during a special city council session, Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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