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September 22, 2017

P&Z Commission Votes to Recommend Approval of Proposed Stealth Dorms Text Amendment

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the Stealth Dorm Subcommittee hosted a Public Q&A meeting to explain the proposed amendments to the Bryan Code of Ordinances concerning Stealth Dorms.

Click here to read more about the proposed amendments.

The proposal includes adding the definition of “Stealth Dorms” as Detached Shared Housing, defining Bedroom, and requiring that Detached Shared Housing be permitted only by prior approval of a Conditional Use Permit from the Planning and Zoning Commission. The proposal also includes specific use standards, including 1 parking space per bedroom, independently accessible parking spaces, 2 canopy trees per lot, and compatibility standards with surrounding development.

Detached Shared Housing (DSH) shall mean a detached dwelling unit, permitted after [date of ordinance adoption], with 4 or more bedrooms, unless the owner, lessee, or agent establishes by competent evidence that the dwelling is occupied by, or shall only be occupied by, persons related by blood, adoption, marriage or domestic partnership, with not more than two (2) unrelated persons.

Bedroom shall mean any habitable room 70 sq. ft. or greater in floor area which may be segregated from the remainder of the dwelling unit with a door or similar closure, has more than one means of egress (doorway or window) and is not a kitchen, bathroom (lavatory) or utility room shall be presumed to be a bedroom.

During the public meeting approximately 60 residents were in attendance to hear the commission’s presentation concerning the proposed changes.  Following the presentation by Commissioner Kyle Incardona, many citizens asked questions and expressed their feelings on the proposed text amendments.

Click here to view the Subcommittee presentation.

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Bryan Planning and Zoning Commission met to consider the subcommittee’s proposed text amendments.  The Commission voted 8-1 to recommend approval of the proposed ordinance amendments to the Bryan City Council.  On October 10, 2017, the Subcommittee will present their proposal to the Bryan City Council for consideration.

Click here to watch the September 21, 2017 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting.

For more information please contact Stephanie Doland at or 979-209-5030.

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