Zoning changes in New Brunswick to hinder building multiple-dwelling homes
The recent trend of building large-scale homes in New Brunswick is about to become a thing of the past now that the city has approved new zoning laws.
The new zoning rules are aimed at preventing investors from building multiple-family dwellings and renting them out. With the new rules, the city hopes single-family homeowners have a better shot at buying in the area. Currently most of the homes are rented out to Rutgers students for up to $500 per adult. Some feel the zoning changes unfairly target students.
An official at the New Brunswick Planning Department, however, denies the claim that they are targeting students. He says group homes create parking shortages for other homeowners and costs the city more in trash collection.
The zoning changes will take effect in the next three weeks.