Oxford approves housing regulation

OXFORD – Aldermen voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve a change in Oxford’s housing ordinance.
“This amendment establishes a procedure to establish single-family requirements in a neighborhood,” said City Planner Tim Akers. Under the change, enforcers can use documentation of a person’s vehicle being at a particular house the majority of nights in any two-week period as prima facie evidence that that person resides there.
The city already limits the number of unrelated people living in a single-family residence to three. That limit is aimed largely at minimizing the impact of student rentals, whose litter, noise and shortage of parking often impact neighbors’ quality of life and property values.
In other business, Oxford aldermen took the following actions:
* Accepted transfer, without cost, of five buses from Charlotte, N.C., to use on new routes until Oxford-University Transit gets its own new buses.
* Citing a need for public input, tabled for two weeks a proposal to move the start of board meetings from 6 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* Expanded the kinds of construction and renovation that require approval from the Historic Preservation Commission.
* Approved the purchase of LED bulbs for municipal Christmas decorations that will pay for themselves in electricity savings in less than two seasons.

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