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Eau Claire City Council considers new guidelines for multi-family homes

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Monday the Eau Claire City Council held a public hearing on new guidelines that would modify the requirements for multi-family developments in downtown Eau Claire.

City staff members said the ordinance would focus on new developments in neighborhoods including but not limited to Eastside Hill, Historic Randall Park, Third Ward, North River Fronts, North Side Hill, Mt. Washington and Upper Westside.

The proposed changes are the result of 18 months of collaboration between staff, developers and representatives from key downtown neighborhoods.

Staff members said most new multi-family developments already follow the proposed standards, but these changes would create uniform guidelines to make new developments more sustainable, affordable and compatible to existing downtown neighborhoods.

"We're seeing a lot of these older buildings getting re-developed, some of them even being torn down," Eau Claire Community Development Director Scott Allen said. "Therefore, it's become a lot more imperative to really make the new development compatible with what is still existing in those neighborhoods."

If passed, the changes would take effect for new development applications starting in January 2020. The city council will vote on the ordinance at Tuesday's meeting.

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois is the weekend meteorologist and weekday multi-media journalist for News 18. She joined us in July of 2019.

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