City seeks public input on proposed ROO ordinance

By Alyssa Halle-Schramm, Long Range Planning Coordinator

UPDATE (2/15): Tuesday night’s meeting (Feb. 16) has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The City of College Station is conducting a series of virtual meetings and an online poll throughout February to collect public input on a proposed Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO) ordinance. 

The proposed overlay wouldn’t create additional home occupancy restrictions city-wide. It would allow property owners in single-family subdivisions to ask the city council for an overlay zoning to restrict occupancy to no more than two unrelated people within their subdivision boundaries.

The meeting content will be identical, but each session focuses on specific audiences, including the real estate, investor, and development community (Feb. 8), neighborhood groups and associations (Feb. 16), and students (Feb. 22). The three-prong public input approach allows for meaningful discussion among each group and for city staff to tailor the presentation and language to each audience’s familiarity with development terms and knowledge of zoning and city processes.

You may access as many of the meetings as you like. Each session provides an overview of the proposed ordinance and asks the public to consider three questions:

  1. Are you supportive or opposed to the creation of a ROO? 
  2. What would be the appropriate percentage of property owners needed to support the proposal and sign the petition? 
  3. What is an appropriate legacy clause (often called grandfathering) to address properties with more than two unrelated persons living in a house at the time of a ROO’s adoption?

Virtual Meeting Schedule (registration not required)

  • Mon., Feb. 8, 6 p.m. — Zoom
  • Tue., Feb. 16, 6 p.m. (rescheduled for Tue., Feb. 23)Zoom
  • Mon., Feb. 22, 6 p.m. — Zoom

The online poll goes live Monday evening (Feb. 8) and closes Feb. 26. The public input collected from each meeting and the poll will be consolidated and presented to the city council in March.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at or 979-764-3570.

About the Blogger

Long Range Planning Administrator Alyssa Halle-Schramm has been with the city since 2018. She previously worked at Austin Community College, UT-Austin, and Hanover County (Virginia). A native of Wilmington, N.C., Alyssa earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from North Carolina-Wilmington in 2010 and master’s degrees in public administration and urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech in 2013.


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