Housing Debate in the Home Stretch?

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It's a debate years in the making. How many is too many for single family homes in Bryan?

"We found out there's a lot more issues involved," said Art Hughes of Bryan's Planning and Zoning Commission. "We tried to address everyone and gave our recommendation to the council."

The commission bought its plan to the city council Tuesday. If approved, a new zoning district would be created that would limit unrelated adults to two per house or duplex.

The meat of the recommendation lies in the fact that subdivisions can petition for a zoning change of their own. If a simple majority of property owners call for it, the city council could consider change in that area.

"If certain citizen wanted to preserve their neighborhoods and they felt like this was something that needed to be done, we wanted to give them that opportunity," Hughes said.

Neighborhood association reps who attended the meeting en mass said the move is something they've been hoping for, including one man who says the interest to limit residents in his area is there.

"Between 93 and 94 percent of all those polled are very emphatically in favor of this change," said Tom Hilde, who lives in the Memorial Forest area of Bryan.

But the group that would be most affected, college students, are likely not in favor, and one Bryan resident with three roomies says his fellow Aggies are getting wise to the move.

"It's just now starting to reach their ears," said A&M student Corey Nichols. "The issue's just now starting to gas up. As a matter of fact, two weeks ago was the first presentation at the workshop."

But these presentations are just the latest for an issue that has reared its head for years, and one which the city council may finally end up deciding in the coming weeks.