SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston City Council is on track to prohibit owners of single-family residences from keeping boarders in their homes.
An ordinance to that effect was given preliminary approval by council Thursday evening.
City Engineer Steve DeBarr said, "This will make it no longer allowable to rent a room in your house. We've had problems in a few places in the city."
Councilman Jef Stevens asked what kind of problems renting a room in a home creates.
Mayor Frank Mullens said, "Drug problems. People coming in and out all hours of the day and night in residential neighborhoods.
"I'm bringing up the drug issue because that seems to be the latest thing we've dealt with," Mullens said. "It could be something as simple as not enough room for parking. It could be as severe as a drug issue."
After the meeting, Mullens said, "It seems to be a growing issue. People in a neighborhood brought it to our attention more than once. There's plenty of rental property in South Charleston without having to rent out a room in your house."
The proposal must pass a second reading before it becomes city law.
Council also gave preliminary approval to the re-zoning of numerous properties adjacent to the 7-Eleven from R-10 (residential) to C-6 (commercial), to be consistent with the adjoining commercial zoned property.
According to information provided to council, the change was requested by SPM Properties Limited Liability Co. to allow for retail development. Mullens said after the meeting it is his understanding SPM Properties wants to redevelop the property by constructing a strip mall with some retail shops plus some patio homes.