Last month, College Station requested input from citizens for a proposed Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO) ordinance. The ROO ordinance was also proposed in 2020, where the respondents overwhelmingly rejected the proposal. The College Station City Council decided to try again in 2021 and held a series of public meetings to promote the ordinance.
The proposed overlay 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.
In the 2021 online poll, 83.5% of the 3,013 responses were against the proposed ordinance. That rejection is greater than the 2020 poll, where 76.4% of respondents were against the proposed ordinance. Thirty-six respondents did not support or reject the idea.
Concern has mounted that the proposed ordinance will increase housing costs in College Station and is unnecessarily taking away property rights.
When asked “What percentage of property owners do you think should be required to sign the petition to submit the overlay rezoning application,” the average response was 67.78%.
College Station Mayor Karl Mooney says he’s against the change. Mooney pointed out that the order is not even enforceable: “The state supreme court has already ruled that it is not acceptable. I don’t believe we should ever create any ordinance that we can’t enforce.”
Contact your representatives
To contact Karl Mooney, contact the city at 979.764.3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To make written comments for College Station City Council or to speak to the Council, fill out the comment form on the Council website. https://www.cstx.gov/departments___city_hall/council/comments