Two home expansions in the Texas Christian University-area can move forward after the Fort Worth City Council exempted the applications on Tuesday from a temporary moratorium on new building permits in that area.
The council created the moratorium on Oct. 21 to stop new “stealth dorms” and give stakeholders time to negotiate a compromise on the city-proposed overlay to restrict the the number of unrelated adults who may live in single-family zoned areas from five to three.
The proposed ordinance is an attempt to curb large, five-bedroom houses typically rented to college students. When council created the moratorium, they allowed applicants to appeal directly to the City Council.
The first appeal was for an addition to a house in the 2500 block of Highview Terrace. The applicant wants to expand from a 3,000 square-foot home to a 3,455 square-foot home with four bedrooms and fourth bathrooms. They submitted their application Nov. 6.
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A similar appeal was for an addition in the 3700 block of Country Club Circle. The applicant requested to expand from 2,246 square-feet to 4,091 square-feet, with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. They applied Nov. 10.
In both cases, the City Council determined the homes were not meant as investment properties.
An applicant in the 2500 block of Wayside Avenue, HGC Residential Development,, withdrew their application.
They were requesting a new construction permit to build a six bedroom and four bathroom home with a two-car garage. The house would have been 3,210 square-feet. They submitted their initial application Oct. 20, but did not complete the needed paperwork until Nov. 7.
The ban on new permits covers applications for one-family residential building permits and other development related to a one-family residential building permit, such as concept plans, preliminary plats and replats.
The suspension will continue until Dec. 31 unless the council ends it sooner. The council is expected to vote on the overlay on Dec. 2.
The proposed overlay affects more than 300 investor properties.
The Fort Worth Zoning Commission voted unanimously Nov. 12 to recommend that the City Council approve the new occupancy limits, and also recommended exempting property owners who are already renting to more than three people from the new rule.
This report includes information from Star-Telegram archives.