A proposed ordinance addressing housing standards including occupancy levels will be presented for discussion at Monday’s city council meeting.
City Manager Julian Deleon said, “We regularly get complaints of overcrowded housing within the city from the residential zoning districts. We are establishing a housing standard, which provides regulatory guidelines on what those [maximum] occupancy levels will be based on the housing size.”
There is no restriction on the number of children, but the proposed ordinance specifies the maximum number of adults allowed in a dwelling based on the number of bedrooms, he said.
A maximum of four occupants would be allowed in a dwelling with one bedroom, six in a two-bedroom dwelling, eight in a three-bedroom dwelling and 10 occupants in a five-bedroom dwelling, according to the proposed ordinance.
A copy of the draft document was provided, three weeks in advance of Monday’s meeting, to The League of United Latin American citizens (LULAC), the NAACP and the city council, Deleon said. It’s only a discussion item for the city council and the community to come back and provide input.
“From there we will determine which direction we will end up going, but we are certainly trying to hear everybody’s point of view,” Deleon said.
In the past, the city has heard both sides of the argument, he said. Some believe there should be no restrictions on how many people can live in a house while others argue that if it’s a single-family zoning district how can you have a home with a high density of individuals.
The 10-page proposed ordinance also specifies space requirements and minimum standards for bathroom facilities, lighting, windows, ventilation and basic needs and equipment (such as hot water and cooking facilities).