The Carrboro Board of Aldermen received a proposal for a cap on the number of non-related people allowed to live in a house in Carrboro at their meeting June 5.
The cap, which would limit the number of unrelated individuals living in a house to four by amending the current definition of a boarding house, was proposed by town staff as a way to combat the increasing development of houses to be rented by students in the Lloyd-Broad neighborhood.
Currently, a boarding house is defined as one dwelling unit with two or more rooms that are designed to be rented.
“We have businesses operating in a residential neighborhood,” said Leo Gaev, co-president of the Lloyd-Broad Neighborhood Association. “They are allowed to do so. They have every right to do so, but it has become a burden to the neighbors.”
Hudson Vaughan, senior director of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center, gave a presentation on behalf of the neighborhood in which he described an increase in the number of students living in the Lloyd-Broad area. In particular, Vaughan pointed to a new 3,000-square-foot house at 308 Lloyd St. with eight rooms available for rent.