Council limits college students in residential neighborhoods

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence City Council has approved an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance that limits the number of college students who can live in an off-campus single-family house to three.

The amendment approved Thursday was introduced by Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan who heard from residents of her neighborhood near Providence College that single-family homes were being purchased and rented to college students.0

She says students crowding into homes brought additional noise and traffic to residential neighborhoods, diminishing the quality of life.

The ordinance requires a second vote by the council, which is scheduled for Sept. 17. The changes will not affect existing leases of single-family properties.

For purposes of the ordinance, a college student is defined as an individual enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at any university or college.

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