Board agrees to exempt owner-occupied dwellings
On Monday at Town Hall, aldermen narrowed down a desirable minimum housing code draft. The purpose of a minimum housing code is to hold all dwellings within city limits to certain standards in the interest of public safety. Prior to the meeting, aldermen were considering two versions of the ordinance, one excluding owner-occupied dwellings to code standards and the other holding all dwellings under code standards.
Since a draft of the code was first broached by Henning last year, in response to the town’s inability to respond to safety and aesthetic complaints by residents, aldermen have finally affirmed their desire to exclude owner-occupied dwellings from code standards
“From what I know, the biggest problem is rentals,” said Bob Scott, who pushed for his fellow aldermen to support a draft that extends code standards to the exterior of owner occupied dwellings, while exempting them from interior standards. Rentals would be subject to complaint-driven enforcement.
Alderman Joyce Handley motioned to approve a draft code that excludes owner-occupied dwellings from interior standards, though they will be held to exterior scrutiny of their property upon five or more complaints made by Franklin residents. The motion was unanimously approved. A public hearing on the matter will be held in June.