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Raleigh Planning Commission Votes Against Roommate Ordinance

Posted March 18, 2003

— The proposed ordinance to limit the number of unrelated people living in a home goes in front of the city council Tuesday; however, some city leaders said the council just should steer clear of the controversy.

A group of Raleigh homeowners complained to the city council months ago about problems from some houses with more than four unrelated people living together. Those homeowners cited problems like noise and trash and asked the city council to reduce the number of unrelated people living together from four to two.

The council held a number of public meetings to allow both sides to tell their stories.

Monday, the planning commission weighed in and voted against reducing the roommate limit. The commission will pass its recommendation along to the full city council during its Tuesday afternoon meeting.

The planning commission recommendation is likely welcome news to many college students and low-income residents who spoke against the proposed change. They said they would not be able to afford to live in a house if the rules are changed.

The city council has tabled this matter in the past, so it is not clear whether they will vote on it Tuesday. The council appointed a task force made up of N.C. State students and neighbors in February to study the roommate limit. Their report is not due until May.

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