Bryan city staff talking stealth dorms at College Station council workshop

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) -- The City of Bryan is giving a presentation at College Station's City Hall Thursday night, briefing the council on how they created an ordinance regarding stealth dorms or "Ag Shacks."

Bryan adopted new ordinances in February that say any four bedroom home built in the future must be built within a certain district and obtain a conditional use permit. Since the housing market slowed right after the ordinance was passed, they still don't have any formal applications of what's worked and what hasn't.

The City of Bryan says nearly 45 percent of the Bryan/College Station population is students, and they're all trying to get on the same page.

"We are part of one community who is experiencing some of the same, I don't want to say issues, but there's a challenge with regard to housing for the ever-growing population in the community," said Martin Zimmermann, the assistant director of developmental services for the City of Bryan.

Zimmermann says some of the challenges both cities are facing are noise complaints, traffic, and safety.

KBTX reached out to College Station city staff for an interview before Thursday's workshop meeting, but no one was available.