Zoning Reform Makes Room For More Low-Income Housing

In Lewiston, Maine, planners are reforming old zoning laws governing "boarding houses", an old-fashioned term that refers to lodging where meals are provided. By allowing "lodging houses" instead in those zones, more affordable housing can exist.

From the Sun Journal:

"Boarding houses are not used anymore," [City Planner David] Hediger told Planning Board members. "They tend to be more complex, because once they begin to provide regular meals there are questions of health codes. Landlords today don't want to worry about that."

Planning board members agreed, and voted to allow lodging houses in areas previously zoned for boarding houses.

Full Story: Lewiston zoning fix could ease lodging house rules.

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