“Stealth dorm” registration complete

first_imgReddIt printThe overlay district for the neighborhoods surrounding TCU is locked in now that the registration period for exemptions to the new zoning restrictions has passed.The neighborhoods surrounding TCU have 649 registered homes that can be leased by up to five unrelated people, according to the city.The registration period, set when the TCU overlay district was created last year, ended March 31. Under the special zoning restriction, property owners who are not registered with the city can rent to no more than three unrelated people.The overlay district was proposed last summer after neighbors complained that “stealth dorms” housing up to five unrelated students were threatening the character of their communities.The exemption was created to accommodate existing property owners who were already leasing their properties to multiple students.TCU student body president-elect, Maddie Reddick, attended a meeting with the mayor, two council members and multiple landlords. She said the student voice was not being represented at the meetings.There were many concerns from students about rising rent prices and moving farther away from campus, so Reddick and other members of student congress began a petition against the overlay that generated over 1,000 signatures.They gathered student anecdotes, passed a resolution in favor of a grandfathering compromise, and invited city council members to campus.Reddick and senior Alex Cohen, Speaker of the House, represented the students’ zoning commission at city council meetings and mediation meetings between the city, neighbors, landlords, the TCU administration and students.After two months of mediation, they agreed to allow existing homes to continue to be leased to up to five unrelated people as long the property owner registered them. No additional homes can be built for this purpose.“We were very excited by this compromise, which served the interests of the students and all interested parties,” said Reddick.In response to neighbor’s concerns about student behavior, Cohen and Reddick passed a resolution in support of a Good Neighbor program for better relations between TCU students and the community.Sierra Tuthill is the zoning reporter for The 109. Email her at [email protected]  Twitter Twitter Sierra Tuthill is a junior journalism major and film, television & digital media minor. She is the staff writer for the109.org. Sierra is the co-captain of the TCU Showgirls and loves country music, diet coke and the TCU Horned Frogs! Child abuse prevention month aims to raise awareness and create change + posts Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Previous articlePaschal softball comes up short against MartinNext articleRedshirting Childhood Sierra Tuthill RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sierra Tuthill Facebook Linkedin Creepy clown sighting reported to Fort Worth police, no clowns found Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature ReddIt Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ TAGSCity GovernmentZoning Facebook Fort Worth moms host The Best Friend Bazaar Who’s your (Frog) Daddy? Linkedin Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img

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