Planning Board Offers Changes To 'Roommate Law'

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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.  
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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