Here it is St. Patty’s Day. A day of wearing green and raising a cup to toast your Irish friends. Yet here I am blogging about the City’s Zoning Code. That’s just wrong. Forgive my indiscretion but I’ve got no choice. The Development Department staff have been working hard to wrestle our Zoning Code into submission over the last 6 months and tonight is another installment over rooming and boarding house definitions and requirements. Given our large rental housing stock this is an important issue so St. Patty’s Day or not it warrants a posting. With a forecast of 65 degrees on this St. Patty’s Day I suspect some of the rental issues will be front and center, not just in Council Chambers but in the neighborhoods as well, as the Irish know how to party and on this one day of the year everyone is part Irish. This Irishman is hoping for a safe St. Patty’s Day both indoors and out.
EMAIL FROM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR GARY LOCKE
Good Afternoon Everyone:
Attached is the agenda and materials for the next joint meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM (since Planning Commission has one case to hear at their regular meeting) and will be held in Council Chambers. Since the last meeting, staff has reviewed some of the comments from the meeting along some of the issues we have to deal with from an enforcement standpoint. We would like to present some proposed amendments to the zoning code that deal with the regulations and requirements related to rooming and boarding houses that we feel should be considered. It is our opinion that these changes could result in better regulations for addressing these uses in the ways that the zoning code can. As always, we are open to input and suggestions.
If time permits, I will also try to give some information on some of our research relating to the licensing of rental properties. I should emphasize that we have not formulated any specific recommendations with regard to a comprehensive rental licensing program but are working toward the point where we can make a presentation to City Council initially to begin a dialogue and get some direction on how/whether to proceed. While that issue may tie into what we are doing with the zoning right now, it is not part of the zoning code. We believe the proposed zoning changes can and should be considered regardless of whether a comprehensive licensing program is implemented or not.
I hope to see you at the meeting on March 17, 2009 and welcome any questions or comments you may have before or during the meeting.
Gary Locke, Community Development Director