Student housing on Glenn Avenue

The Auburn City Council approved the extension of a moratorium on the construction of new private dormitories and academic detached dwelling units in the city at its meeting on Tuesday night. 

The 90-day extension of the ordinance, which would have expired on May 27, carries the moratorium until Aug. 25, unless it is terminated by council action beforehand. 

The council approved the original moratorium in February to give city staff a window to craft recommended changes to city code to better manage the stock of student-housing in the city, which currently sits at roughly 36,000 beds, some of which are currently under construction. 

City staff has indicated that it is ready to propose recommendations, but an extension of the moratorium is needed to give an opportunity for the changes to be vetted by the council and Planning Commission, as well as for the public to weigh in, which was not possible during the restrictions placed on gatherings during the Covid-19 Shelter at Home restrictions. 

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