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Millville Neighborhood preservation effort

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We are urging the city of Millville to adopt an inclusive, responsible land use element to ensure the make up of single family residential neighborhoods remain as they were intended, residential. The current legislation 11-71 C specifically exempts group or boarding homes. This exclusion opens the door for licensed and unlicensed group homes to circumvent the standards that the city would impose on any other rental property owner. This provision needs to be amended to include group/boarding homes. Additionally,30-144 makes a specific provision for group homes to operate in all residential zoned areas without the requirement of a variance under 15 beds. This maximum occupancy is aggressive and needs to be removed/revised. This provision creates a nuisance to area residents based on increased traffic due to shift change overs that would not otherwise occur in a traditional residential setting. It also materially impacts the sense of community that the residential owner occupant desires. The net impact is a detractor in neighborhood desirability,adversely impacting property value and quality of life.

I urge this commission and zoning board to consider adopting legislation that would accomplish the following: 1. Impose an occupancy cap for all residential zoned districts, inclusive of group/boarding homes and enforce it.This cap should be based on a combination of bedroom count/square footage subject to inspection and code enforcement 2. This proposed legislation should not allow group/boarder homes to operate in all residential zoned areas. Rather, a group/boarding home use be reserved for residential zoned areas in which the use of apartments is permissible exclusively,to keep conformity within each residential zone. 3. An additional provision should zone out housing parolees in all residential zoned districts.

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