The February 2008 discussion on TownGown World presents several viewpoints on zoning and licensing approaches from around the world to address issues of absentee landlords, residential overcrowding, and general neighborhood quality of life.
There are examples cited from across the United States and beyond about making family-oriented neighborhoods near universities. For example:
- Greenville, NC is enforcing an ordinance prohibiting more than three unrelated people sharing a dwelling - "Landlords, city reach settlement on over-occupancy suit"
- Last September Duluth, MN banned new rental licenses if there is another rental within 300 feet.
- Efforts in Seattle to reinstate a rental housing inspection and licensing program
- Boston City Councilor Michael Ross writes an article about allowing no more than 4 undergrads to live in a single off-campus unit.
Anyone interested in a variety of ideas for how housing policy can help communities maintain and improve their quality of life for all residents will find plenty of thought-provoking ideas.