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Video: Cobb may change how many people may share a home

  • Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid
  • KSU students Caitlin Abshier, Brette Abshier and Elizabeth Wheeler in their Acworth rental home
  • Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott
  • Zoning variance notice for Acworth home rented by 5 KSU students
    

COBB COUNTY, GA - Earlier this month we told you about 5 Kennesaw State University women students who lost their zoning appeal to stay in a home they've been renting since last summer.

Concerned about cars parked on the street, potential late night partying and the effect on their property values, some neighborhood homeowners complained that number of un-related adults living in a single family home violated Cobb County's housing code.

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"The intent of the ordinance was initially to protect single family neighborhoods," Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott told 11 Alive on Friday.

While Ott still defends his vote against those students, he said he and some other commissioners now realize the ordinance may be tougher than they intended.

"If an elderly couple needed an in home caretaker, that's a violation of the code; if a husband and wife needed a live in nanny, that's against the code; the fact of the matter is a brother and sister can't have a third roommate," he added.

Some of Cobb's other commissioners agree the law should probably be loosened up a bit.

"We should take another look and make sure that we're not being overly restrictive to people who can be quality residents and help to make Cobb continue to be a quality place to live," Commissioner Lisa Cupid told 11 Alive.

It's too late to help the 5 KSU students who were denied an exemption, but at least their case may help others.

Ott has asked Cobb County's zoning staff to look at writing a more lenient ordinance, but he said they have to be careful not to violate any federal fair housing laws.

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