No Decision Made On Watertown 'Roommate Law'


No decision was made Tuesday on whether to roll back a controversial change in the Watertown city zoning code.

The so-called "roommate law," approved in February, was sparked by complaints from a Thompson Boulevard resident, and was aimed at preventing boarding houses in the city's Residential A districts.

However, it came under strong criticism from those who said the city was trying to define what is and isn't a family.

At Tuesday's planning board meeting, the matter was tabled for more study.

"We've asked staff to provide us with some draft definitions of some of the hot issues or topics and they're going to bring that to us at the next month's meeting," said Sara Freda, planning board chair.

Some planning board members say it's worth the effort to try to protect the city's residential neighborhoods.

However, one member said delving into the matter deeper is just asking for more trouble.

See our earlier report

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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