KAYSVILLE — A few changes to the city’s zoning ordinance will be considered at a public hearing before the Planning Commission on Thursday, Nov. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at city hall.
A proposal to delete the definition of boarding or lodging house is being considered, along with an amendment to the definition of family.
Wade Flint, zoning administrator for the city, said the terms of boarding or lodging house are not used elsewhere in the ordinance, so defining them is unnecessary.
He said the ordinance now allows families that include anyone related by blood, marriage or adoption to share a home. It also allows up to five unrelated people to share a home if, for example, they are sharing the cost of a home by paying rent. But if any two are related, no unrelated people can share the home.
The proposed change would allow family members to share a home, and permit one unrelated person for every 400 square feet of home, as long as there is sufficient off-street parking.
Councilman Jared Taylor said the commission is considering the change because there are more people with large homes interested in renting out basements as they become empty-nesters.
In some cases it may be a widow needing care, who might invite a married couple to share her home. In other cases it could be a couple housing LDS missionaries. Some may want to rent to newlywed couples or students.
“I’m still trying to gather the information to see if this is of value to the community,” said Taylor. “We are open for comments to see if there is an additional need.”
City hall is located at 23 E. Center.