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February 9, 2018

P&Z Commission Unanimously Recommends Approval of Revised “Detached Shared Housing” Ordinance

Bryan City Council Scheduled to Consider Amendments February 13, 2018

For the last 13 months, a Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission subcommittee has been researching solutions to address land use and structures commonly referred to as “stealth dorms”, also referred to as by-the-room occupancy of single-family homes, in established Bryan neighborhoods. Bryan City Council listened to a presentation on the P&Z Commission’s revised proposed text amendments at the January 23, 2018 workshop meeting and is scheduled to consider these same text amendments for action at the February 13, 2018 regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 6 PM. If approved, detached shared housing would not be permitted in Residential-Neighborhood Conservation (R-NC) Districts. Citizens may provide comments during the public hearing portion of the meeting, submit input via email, or provide a letter in-person to the Planning Department in advance of the meeting.

 TIMELINE

On September 21, 2017, the P&Z Commission voted to recommend that the City Council amend Bryan Code of Ordinances Chapter 62, Land and Site Development, and Chapter 130, Zoning, adding new definitions for “detached shared housing” and “bedroom”; adding specific use standards for detached shared housing; and determining in which zoning districts said use would be permitted.

On October 10, 2017, the City Council postponed consideration of the proposed text amendments, urging the P&Z Commission subcommittee to hold further discussions with builders and to review stated concerns about enforceability of the new regulations.

In the months since the Council’s October 10th meeting, the P&Z Commission’s subcommittee has met weekly or bi-weekly and continued to study the issue of “stealth dorms” and refine previously recommended solutions.

During a special meeting on January, 18, 2018, the Bryan P&Z Commission considered the Subcommittee’s findings and unanimously voted to recommend approval of the proposed changes to Bryan City Council.

Click to view the Subcommittee’s revised recommendation to the Commission.

Bryan City Council listened to a presentation of the P&Z Commission’s proposed text amendments at the workshop meeting on January 23, 2018. City Council is scheduled to consider the proposed text amendments for action on February 13, 2018 at the regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 6 PM.

Click to view the Council Workshop presentation on January 23, 2018.

Citizen comments are welcome prior to the meeting via email or written letter, in addition to the public hearing portion of the meeting. Please email input to planning@bryantx.gov or deliver in-person at the City of Bryan Municipal Office Building located at 300 South Texas Avenue in Bryan.

Questions? Please contact the Planning and Development Services Department at planning@bryantx.gov or by calling 979-209-5030.

 
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