Ward 4 resident Jonathan Fowler spoke in favor of keeping the ordinance.
The real estate broker who sold Fowler his home, Scott Foster, spoke in favor of eliminating the ordinance.
Council members and several people who attended the meeting said they want to protect Norman neighborhoods. The debate centers around whether the three persons unrelated law is the way to do that.
“I don’t think we should be overly proud of ourselves that it’s been here since 1954,” Council member Tom Kovach said.
Several questions were raised during the discussion, and city staff will continue to research the issue, looking for answers to the questions posed Wednesday.
The oversight committee also looked at a city ordinance dealing with vacant and abandoned properties.
At this time, a bill in the state legislature would alter the state law regarding these properties, and the committee decided to track the bill and wait before changing the city ordinance.
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