Greenville City Council overturns the 4 unrelated rule - WRBL

Greenville City Council overturns the 4 unrelated rule

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On Thursday night the Greenville City Council voted to overturn the 4 unrelated rule; the debate over a housing rule causing a lot of controversy in Greenville came to an end just before 10 PM.

Thursday night, the city council decided not to allow 4 unrelated people to live under one roof.
Both sides showed up in full force to voice their concerns. Students from East Carolina University protested peacefully down 5th street and homeowners made their voices heard with visuals during the public hearing portion.

The last city council upped the amount of people that could live inside a house from 3. But that decision was met with plenty of push back. A lawsuit even spun out of their decision. Marion Blackburn says the suit has already cost the city $20,000.
Four candidates running for city council vowed to overturn the rule, questioning its objectivity. They say the rule has only made matters worse.
Joan Mansfield is against the 4 unrelated rule and said, “Do you want us out, I think so. We are not the grid; we are the Tar River University neighborhood." 

"We’re hearing we don't want the grid to become a student neighborhood, well the fact of the matter is it was a student neighborhood before last year and it's going to be a student neighborhood going forward." ECU SGA President Timothy Schwan said. 

President of the Neighborhood Association refutes the rule encourages home ownership. Andrew Morehead says it actually increases the number of rentals. At this time 16% of the homes in the neighborhood are occupied by homeowners themselves. "

Michael King, the president-elect of SGA says it’s a money issue. “You know as a college student that's usually the problem in any case." King says the 4 unrelated rule makes living cheaper; he says expenses to go to college are already high and that the city should be helping---not hurting students. 

The city also voted to keep the overlay---a zone that provides added resources to the area.
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