Council adopts restricted occupancy overlay option for neighborhoods

The College Station City Council voted 5-2 Monday night to allow property owners in single-family neighborhoods to request a zoning overlay that restricts occupancy to no more than two unrelated people. The city’s existing restriction of no more than four unrelated remains for areas without the overlay.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Cunha and Mayor Karl Mooney voted against the motion. Councilwoman Linda Harvell and Councilmen John Nichols, Bob Brick, John Crompton, and Dennis Maloney voted in favor.

The Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO) requires a majority (50% + one) of a neighborhood’s property owners to sign a petition supporting the application. A legacy (grandfather) clause allows up to four unrelated occupants to continue under certain conditions.

More than 40 people spoke during the public hearing, with five representing groups of 4 or more individuals. Another 13 residents submitted written remarks.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation (unamended version):

— Public Communications Office