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Keep Housing AFFORDABLE!

Fair and equitable housing is a right and it is important to keep it that way. Do your part and fight for housing equality in College Station by signing the petition against the Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO)

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What Is A ROO?

The City of College Station is holding a public workshop on a new Restricted Occupancy Overlay or ROO. This ordinance, if adopted by single-family subdivisions, would limit the number of unrelated people allowed to occupy a single-family unit. Read the proposed ordinace

What Does This Mean For College Station?

The ROO could directly impact College Station residents. If approved, the ROO would apply to all single-family units in a neighborhood which opts in, preventing occupants from sharing a home with more than one other unrelated person. This could negatively impact students, property owners, lower income residents and non-traditional families.

No market or economic research has been conducted on the potential impacts of the ROO. However, as neighborhoods opt into the ROO, the pool of available housing is likely to shrink, leaving residents to compete for the remaining housing. This could mean fewer choices and higher housing costs.


"My professional opinion as an urban planner and affordable housing advocate is that such an ordinance is discriminatory and has the potential for disparate impact on low-income households, including but not limited to students."
																				
							-Professor Shannon Van Zandt, Texas A&M Department Head of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning "My professional opinion as an urban planner and affordable housing advocate is that such an ordinance is discriminatory and has the potential for disparate impact on low-income households, including but not limited to students."
																				
							-Professor Shannon Van Zandt, Texas A&M Department Head of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

How You Can Help

This ordinance, if passed, would significantly harm private property rights of owners in the city. It is anti-student, limiting, and discriminatory. We aim to voice our collective concerns to city council by gathering petitions. We hope you will sign, share, and spread the word!

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