Bronwyn’s Council Preview, October 24, 2017: Rental Unit Occupancy Limits

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The Ames City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m. The agenda includes:

Item 23: Options for limiting occupancy for rental units

As part of our ongoing discussions regarding rental regulations, the council is considering three related but distinct issues: how to regulate occupancy of each rental unit (adults per square foot, per parking space, or per bedroom); how to regulate the overall percentage of rentals within a given geographic area; and how to step up enforcement efforts of current rental codes.

Item 24: Aquatic facilities options

We’re in the middle of our planning study for the healthy life center, and now we need to decide what size of pool we want before the consultant can proceed with final estimates. Rough cost estimates are included for the facility are approaching $50 million, even with the smallest proposed size of pool.

Item 25: Amendment to depot development agreement

Earlier in 2017, the council agreed to an updated development agreement for the depot which would allow some of the parking to be reserved for private use. Staff want to make sure that language requiring building entrances to face public streets is retained in the updated agreement.

Item 26: Community development block grant homebuyer assistance program resale and recapture provisions in connection with development of 321 State Ave.

Because the affordable homes at 321 State Ave. are subsidized, the city has an interest in the re-selling of these properties. The council will consider how we pursue the recapture of these funds over time. For example, if the city subsidizes a property for the amount of $15,000, and that property gets resold the following year, it would be reasonable for the city to expect some of its $15,000 back. On the other hand, if a property is owned by one family for a longer time (over 10 years, say), staff are proposing a reduced payback penalty.

Item 28: Hearing on major site development plan for two eight-unit apartment buildings to be located at 3305 Aurora Ave. and 3315 Aurora Ave.

These apartment buildings to the south of Oakwood Road and west of University Boulevard look similar to a neighboring apartment building that was approved at the last council meeting. They feature metal materials on parts of the exterior, in an effort to build something that doesn’t look identical to other apartment buildings.

Thanks for reading,
Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen
City Council At-Large


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Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen is an at-large member of the Ames City Council. She is also a manager at Wheatsfield Cooperative and the co-owner of Cycles Recycling.