The City of Edwardsville had the foresight to address affordable housing in its Comprehensive Plan in 2010, which continues to provide a good basic framework for addressing current affordable housing needs.
In particular, the values stated in the Plan are excellent aspirational goals that ECHA shares. On page 1 of the Introduction, the Plan states:
We are an inclusive community that provides opportunities for citizens of diverse cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds to participate in our high quality of life.
Under city-wide planning goals, page 5 Housing/Residential Development, the Plan states:
A variety of housing types and price ranges should be available within Edwardsville while maintaining a high quality and the housing stock to meet the needs of all income levels and age groups.
In the Plan’s Land Use [Residential] section, page 12, it states:
It is one of Edwardsville’s goals to provide a variety of housing opportunities for different age groups, family sizes, and incomes.
In the Plan’s Implementation Goals, pages 63-64, are the following items:
[0 to 3 years] Conduct an affordable housing study. [4 to 7 years] Implement the recommendations of the affordable housing study.
Planning & Zoning
The Planning ad Zoning Division is responsible for developing, managing, and maintaining the City's Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, and Land Development Code. The Division coordinates the proceedings and examinations of several citizen volunteer bodies including the Zoning Board of Appeals, Plan Commission, and Land Use Committee.