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Salem Planning Commission Approves Zoning Code Change to Allow CILAs in Some Residential Neighborhoods

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem Planning Commission will recommend to the city council that Community Integrated Living Arrangements or CILA homes be allowed in some of the city's residential zoning districts.  

The Manager of Marion County Horizon Center, David Armbrust, made the request that the group homes for men and women with developmental disabilities be allowed in the RS-2, RS-3 and RS-5 residential zoning districts.   

Armbrust initially plans to renovate one existing home to a CILA facility to house six people.  He says the neighborhoods have nothing to fear, noting those in CILA's are not dangerous and just need a little extra help completing daily tasks.  Armbrust compared the residents that would live in a CILA home to those who are in special education classes at school.  

He reports it is a coincidence the request was made at the time the State of Illinois is seeking CILA homes to move out residents of Murray Center.  Armbrust says while some Murray residents may be capable of living in the home, many would require too much medical and specialized attention.  

Armbrust says there is a movement by the state to move the developmentally disabled into the CILA homes that can have a maximum of eight residents.  He notes a 16 bed facility his family owns in Olney is being converted to a smaller number of residents as part of the movement.  

The request for the zoning change is expected to come before the Salem City Council at its first meeting in March.   

In other action, the planning commission approved a one year temporary use permit to allow Jack Costner of Mt. Moriah Road in Centralia to operate a mobile kitchen selling bbq products from eight am to eight pm daily from the parking lot at 1835 West Main in Salem just east of North American Lighting.  Costner, who operates Jack and Queen's BBQ, will have to renew the permit each year.  

The commission also approved a Day Care Group Home to be operated by Lydia Horton at 1525 Mills Cart Road.  Horton already had a special use permit for a regular day care facility.  The amendment will allow her to have 16 children instead of the maximum of 12 permitted until regular day care.  

Costner's and Horton's request do not require city council concurrence.     

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