Town Council to examine ordinance that limits houses to 3 or fewer unrelated residents

The Jackson Town Council on Tuesday began discussions about town Ordinance 473, which makes it illegal for more than three unrelated people to live in a single-family dwelling within Jackson town limits.

The council’s deliberation comes on the heels of weeks of public comments sent to the council. After a short discussion at their regular meeting Tuesday night — held Tuesday instead of Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — the council directed staff to look further into the issue and bring the matter back to the governing body at a future meeting, most likely a workshop.

Public comment the council has received regarding Ordinance 473 has been overwhelmingly in favor of overturning the ordinance, particularly amid the town’s ongoing struggle to provide affordable housing options for its local workforce. The town has set a goal of housing 65% of Jackson’s workforce locally, but frequently runs into barriers that make achieving that goal difficult.

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Posted by Stefani
Jan 21, 2021