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‘Lodging Houses’ Such as Student Housing to be Examined at Open House

Wednesday March 28th, 2012, 1:45pm


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The City’s Planning Department is holding a public open house on the topic of “lodging houses” on Thursday.

The City is conducting a review of land use relating to lodging houses within the city, and public input is being sought on the subject.

A “lodging house” is defined by the city as a dwelling in which a minimum of four persons receive lodging for hire, excluding places of detention or correction, residential care facilities, groups homes, hotels or motels. Examples of this are student rental homes (with at least four occupants) by the University of Windsor.

Some of the concerns that will be addressed and will be open for comment include a lack of parking at rental lodging units with multiple residents, cleanliness and garbage concerns for people who live near lodging houses, the ability for lodging house owners to control the behaviour of their tenants and more.

The City of Windsor, in a 2004 study, estimated that there are over 500 unlicensed lodging houses near the University of Windsor (bounded by Randolph, Riverside, Huron Church, and Tecumseh).

The open house will be held at 400 City Hall Square East in Meeting Room 409 on Thursday March 29th. Two sessions are scheduled one from 2:30pm to 4:30pm and the other from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

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