The Norman Transcript


March 9, 2014

Unrelated person ordinance needs to be enforced, not abolished



To quote the U.S. Supreme Court, “The regimes of boarding houses, fraternity houses, and the like present urban problems. More people occupy a given space; more cars rather continuously pass by; more cars are parked; noise travels with crowds. A quiet place where yards are wide, people few, and motor vehicles restricted are legitimate guidelines in a land-use project addressed to family needs. This goal is a legitimate one ....”

· Don’t Be Fooled: John Lungren, a Realtor, and his group of 53 want the “3 unrelated persons” ordinance to be abolished because they believe it threatens their livelihood, not because they believe their rights under the U.S. Constitution are being violated. The “3 unrelated persons” ordinance has long been in place and should remain in place. And it should continue to be enforced for the benefit of all property owners in Norman and the common good of our community.

This push by John Lungren and his group of landlords and property managers is nothing more than an attempt to rezone single family neighborhoods through the back door, a slight of hand attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of every homeowner who is not paying attention, and slowly convert the single family home next door into a boarding house, little by little. If we are wrong, this group should just come out in the open and be honest; apply to have the City council rezone the houses they own and manage as multi-family dwellings. They know that won’t work because homeowners would be up in arms, so they are trying an end run, hoping the City Council goes along.

We are not opposed to Mr. Lungren and the members of is group making an honest living in the real estate business. We are, however, opposed to Realtors, property managers and landlords, making a living at the expense of homeowners and the community at large. This group of 54 is not exempt from the same civic duty we all share: to ensure the orderly and peaceful enjoyment of our homes and the community we live in.

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