CHARLOTTE – Creating a zoning definition for a certain type of student housing that has raised crime concerns in Charlotte will be the focus of a meeting this week.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., a stakeholder group will discuss whether the city’s zoning ordinance needs to be amended to include a definition for the practice of renting by the bedroom.
It will be the fourth such meeting on the subject. Other meetings were held in November and December, after the stakeholders were determined in October.
The stakeholders group is the byproduct of the city putting under a microscope the practice of leasing, primarily to college students, by the bedroom. In such situations, there are individual leases for each bedroom in a rental unit, rather than one lease for the whole unit.
The city doesn’t permit renting by the bedroom, but it doesn’t forbid it, either. Its zoning ordinance just doesn’t mention such leases — yet.
Last year, the city’s worries about single-room rentals contributing to crime escalated to the point that the stakeholders group was created. At the kickoff meeting for the group in October, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers said crime associated with such rental units has increased because there aren’t regulations for the practice.
Michelle Jones, a planner with the city’s zoning department, has said that goal of the city’s review of the practice isn’t necessarily to eliminate single-room leases but, rather, to create regulations, making them safer for students.
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