Bryan city council discusses ordinances that could affect stealth dorms

Two ordinances could address the mixture of rental properties in residential areas.

BRYAN, Texas - The face of many neighborhoods in the Brazos County are quickly changing due to rental homes popping up in established neighborhoods. 

The Bryan city council met to discuss two ordinances that could potentially address what they are calling stealth dorms.

Mike Sotherland has been a resident in Bryan for more than 30 years and over the past few years says he has seen a change in many of the neighborhoods in the area due to rental properties. 

"You can tear down a 140-thousand-dollar house on a lot and divide it into two, and sell it for two 400 thousand dollar houses and make quite a bit of money. So, it gets a lot of students into the neighborhoods but their lifestyle isn't compatible with the older neighborhoods and the older people that live in the neighborhoods," said Sotherland. 

From loud parties and limited parking to safety concerns due to lot configurations, Sotherland says these are just a few of the issues these stealth dorms cause in these established neighborhoods...

"You can have a family renting a house in an R-NC district but you can't have four individuals that are not related to each other, rent a house in an R-NC district," said Bryan Planning Manager Martin Zimmermann. 

As part of a solution to help combat some of the concerns with the multi residential dwellings, the Bryan City Council will hear recommendation from the planning and zoning commission on an ordinance that will lower the percentage of neighbors that have to sign a petition to create a limit of unrelated individuals living in a single-family dwelling.

"Is that 66 percent still a good number or should that be lowered? So, the planning and zoning lowered it so that it could perhaps give more neighborhood the opportunity to get to that percentage of petitions," said Zimmerman. 

 

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