Planning Board Offers Changes To 'Roommate Law'
The city of Watertown planning board is recommending changing the so-called "roommate law", a piece of zoning law that has created a big headache for city leaders.
Meeting Tuesday night, the planning board offered up its fix, which defines a family as a number of people who live and cook together.
They're also proposing new regulation on where boarding houses can be located.
The controversy started when a Thompson Boulevard resident became upset after learning one of her neighbors was living with his fiance and two of his friends.
The neighborhood is zoned for family use.
It sparked a debate about what defines a family and who can live where.
Mayor Jeff Graham and city council member Teresa Macaluso have offered up their own plans to tweak the zoning law.
The council -- which has the final say -- is expected to take up the matter Monday.
Monday, February 8, 2016, Watertown, NY
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