New Bryan 'stealth dorm' proposal being presented at city council Tuesday

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - A second "stealth dorm" proposal will be presented to Bryan city council at Tuesday's meeting. This is the second proposal since a October to go before the council. The city's goal is to regulate "stealth dorms," or detached dwelling units with three or more unrelated persons in a home.

A vote on the first proposal was postponed. City council members wanted more input from builders and had concerns about how the new plan would be enforced.

"What the commission did is they studied the proposal a bit further, met with a few developers, and simply refined the proposal to have it be a bit simpler," said Stephanie Doland, a project planner with the city of Bryan. The new proposal defines the term detached shared housing, otherwise known as "stealth dorms," adds a definition for bedroom and specifies which districts would allow "stealth dorms" to be built.

In order to construct future detached shared housing, a developer must build within a particular district, as well as obtain a conditional use permit from the city.

"This is the same process someone would currently go through if they wanted to build a duplex, for example, in an existing neighborhood," Doland said.

"They submit the application they provide a site plan and it goes for review in front on the planning and zoning commission."

An overlay district, or an area where "stealth dorms" would be allowed to be built, will also be discussed at future council meetings. During discussion with developers on the new proposal, city officials said it became clear that the neighborhoods in outlined by Wellborn Road, Villa Maria, South College, and the College Station city limit need future planning. There is also a desire to plan for the neighborhoods surrounding the new super park being developed where the old municipal golf course is located.

At Tuesday's meeting, the council will consider bringing in a consultant to make a master plan for these areas. Developers and city officials believe these neighborhoods may need further development because of their location near Texas A&M's campus and where the park.

"Are other uses like town homes or apartment complexes or some retail uses appropriate closer to the border?" asked Doland.

"We are now looking at the same questions for the areas now around the golf course."

According to city officials, all possible development is on the table.This re-evaluation could include keeping single family neighborhoods in these areas intact. If it is approved, the city will begin accepting proposals from possible consultants in the coming days.