A look at the efficacy of Amherst’s occupancy restriction Reply

Amherst has a zoning bylaw that restricts the number of unrelated individuals that can live in a home to four.  If you have a family of more than four, however, that is not an issue. The reason for the bylaw restricting the number of those who are not related is to get a grip on the large population of students and their impact on housing and the neighborhoods in which they reside.  However, will Amherst’s occupancy restrictions have the desired effect of mitigating the impacts of off-campus student housing or will it do more harm than good?  Moreover, are they discriminatory and a direct violation of Massachusetts fair housing laws. More…