Mt. Airy removes zoning restriction Elderly can pass homes on to relatives

February 02, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

The Mount Airy Town Council last night amended its zoning ordinance to allow a variety of housing for the elderly.

After some discussion, the Council changed the proposed ordinance to require that each dwelling unit be occupied by the owner or a "direct-blood relative."

Initially, the ordinance required each unit to be occupied by the owner. Council members were concerned that the stipulation would disrupt elderly owners' plans to pass their homes on to descendants.

Council President R. Delaine Hobbs said several residents pressed the issue after reading about the proposal in newspapers last month.

"We don't want to deny any child of the elderly the use of a house a few years down the road," he said.

Town planner Teresa Bamberger proposed that the stipulation be removed from the ordinance.

The stipulation was placed in the ordinance to prevent housing from becoming rental units.

The council opted to amend the proposal to allow elderly owners to pass their homes on to children. The council also was concerned about keeping housing affordable for the elderly.

Other stipulations require that occupancy be restricted to people 62 years or older and that all exterior improvements be managed under a common maintenance agreement.

The ordinance allows detached and attached housing units for the elderly in all areas zoned for residential use.

The ordinance also allows apartments and condominiums for the elderly in certain residential areas.

The town's ordinance previously didn't address elderly housing.

Also last night, the Town Council was expected to update its efforts to press the builder and developer of the Village of Town Oaks to complete unfinished projects.

For nearly four years, residents of the 121-home development off Route 144 have been struggling to have landscaping and lots completed.

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