Burr Ridge, IL

Burr Ridge Illinois May Change Definition of Family to Limit Number of Unrelated People Living in Homes

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Serious issues are being created when five or more unrelated people live together in homes in neighborhoods that are primarily single family

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The Village of Burr Ridge is currently exploring the possibility of changing the definition of "family" in order to impose limitations on the number of unrelated individuals living together in residential homes. The proposed policy aims to address concerns raised by some community members about the potential impacts of increased population density, shared resources, and neighborhood dynamics. However, this initiative has sparked debates about the definition of family and its implications for inclusivity and housing options within the village.

The village intends to define family as no more than five unrelated individuals living together. This would be added onto the current definition which states family being, "two or more persons related by blood, marriage or legal adoption living together as a single housekeeping unit."

According to village reports, the area has had code enforcement problems related to single-family homes where five or more unrelated people live. These are cases where individuals rent rooms from the owner with the owner living elsewhere.

Critics of the proposed policy argue that redefining the concept of family to limit unrelated individuals may have adverse effects on housing inclusivity within Burr Ridge. Concerns have been raised regarding potential discrimination and limitations on non-traditional family structures, such as multi-generational households or shared living arrangements that provide support and affordability to diverse groups. These critics emphasize the importance of preserving housing options for vulnerable populations and promoting inclusivity within the community.

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