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Developers Could Skirt Approval Process

DuPage County may let developers bypass the County Board for project approval if they develop low- to moderate-income housing projects.

In order to enhance diversity in DuPage County, a County Board member is making an initiative to make housing affordable to low-to-moderate income earners. This would be giving developers an "entitlement" to bypass the County Board for approval if they develop the desired types of housing.

""The price of land in DuPage County has become so high," Gilgis said. "A young professional can't afford a $450,000 house."

The developer would still be required to meet building, zoning and health and maintenance codes.

The initiative was spurred by what Gilgis saw as a gap between luxury homes and moderate-priced housing in the county. Under the reworked ordinance, the average house would be under $280,000."

Full Story: DuPage County proposal would bypass board to grow inexpensive housing

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