Public hearing on regulating student housing coming up Tuesday

The latest in a series of posts on the Southside

Gadfly has slightly edited this letter from Anna Smith.

Gadfly suggests you refresh yourself on this issue by looking at the letter petitioning Council to regulate student housing that many residents signed.



I’m writing to provide a brief update on the Student Housing Overlay and accompanying regulations that are under consideration by Bethlehem City Council. The approval process has entered the final stages, and with [continued] support, we can ensure that Student Housing is appropriately regulated throughout the City, preserving and protecting affordable housing for families outside of the overlay zone. A Public Hearing on the zoning changes will be held on Tuesday, February 2 at 7 pm, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Following the hearing, Council will vote on the proposed changes at their February 16 and March 2 meetings.

If you would like to share your support for the zoning changes, we encourage you to speak at the February 2nd Hearing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email.

Thanks for your ongoing support for Southside neighborhoods! Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested.


See powerful past statements supporting this ordinance by Anna here and here.

Find the official Overlay documents here

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