East District residents will vote on Dec. 6 to fill the seat vacated by Jack Hanson. The three candidates vying for the role have sought to draw distinctions based on their own housing experiences.
The charter change will be the second time that voters take up the question, which seeks to allow all legal residents to vote in city elections. The council also moved forward two other charter changes related to elections that voters will take up on Town Meeting Day.
A representative from the Community and Economic Development Office told the council that she recognized that the delay “leaves a gap” in emergency housing for those experiencing homelessness as winter approaches.
Jason Van Driesche will seek the Democratic nomination for the South District seat held by Joan Shannon during the party’s caucus in December. Shannon said she intends to seek reelection.
The council hopes to put a new electoral map in front of voters for Town Meeting Day next March, but arriving at a consensus has been a struggle.
Residents question whether the rezoning plans would help deal with Burlington’s housing shortage.
Kimberly Carson has served in various positions at the Iowa Judicial Branch and was most recently the director of education and human capital development. She led judicial education and professional development for nearly 2,000 employees and helped lead diversity and equity initiatives across the agency.
“We’re raring to go and ready to get started on this project,” one of the developers said after the Burlington City Council approved a new development agreement.
Data released Friday shows that only 151 of a targeted 250 affordable housing units in the county were created last year.
Some business owners in the Independent Block have voiced concerns that the plan requires removing part of their building.