After 18 months of public debate, Elmhurst is close to reaching a decision on hoop houses. In late 2016, city officials determined that hoop houses -
temporary greenhouse-like structures meant to extend the garden growing season- are not allowed in Elmhurst. Ever since, advocates have run an extended campaign to change the municipal code. The campaign includes public comments from dozens of supporters, extensive use of social media, and even a documentary.
Last week, after three separate meetings on the issue, the Development, Planning, and Zoning Committee advanced a report to City Council recommending that the city consider a zoning text amendment that allows hoop houses but includes an 8-foot height limit and restriction on square footage. The report is on the City Council agenda tonight, Monday, July 2, 2018. If the City Council approves the report, it will submit an application for a zoning text amendment to the Zoning and Planning Commission, with a public hearing to follow.
Read more about the story and see community lawyer Ben Silver's comments to the city officials in the following articles: