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April 06, 2008

Stafford, Virginia Mulls Home Occupancy Limit

Posted in: Quality of life

The Washington Times

Stafford mulls home occupancy limit
STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Stafford County supervisors said a proposal to limit the number of unrelated people who can live in a single-family home is not directly aimed at day laborers or illegal immigrants.

The Board of Supervisors considered amending the zoning ordinance yesterday to limit to a residential dwelling to three people not related by blood, marriage, adoption or guardianship.

The Planning Commission will consider the proposal.

The proposed “family” definition to the housing code follows complaints by some residents of crowded homes and driveways. Some suspect the crowding is related to day laborers or illegal immigrants, many of whom must pool resources to find housing.

The complaints were made at public hearings conducted this year by the Illegal Immigration Task Force.

But supervisors said the proposed ordinance is intended to muffle noise pollution and address public safety issues related to crowding, not necessarily illegal immigrants.

“Nobody’s specifically linked that,” Supervisor Cord Sterling said.

“When you have that many people in a house you do have health and safety concerns,” he said.

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