Changes to the Boarding and Group Housing Regulations

Metro Council recognizes that boarding and group housing may not be adequately regulated and enforced in residential areas and has asked Planning & Design Services (PDS) to carry out a review of local ordinances concerning group housing. Group housing is housing that is temporary in nature and includes boarding houses, transitional houses, rehabilitation homes, and homeless shelters. In this context, it does not include hotels, short term rentals, and bed & breakfast inns.

To view responses to Frequently Asked Questions related to the existing boarding house regulations, please click here.

Community Meetings

Before submitting recommendations to the Planning Commission and Metro Council, PDS wanted to hear from the community. In advance and addition to the required public hearing before the Planning Commission, staff held three virtual meetings to get input and ideas from citizens. The meetings were held October 2020 and can be watched at the links below. Additional community meetings may be scheduled if needed.

Preliminary Staff Report and Amendments

Please click on the links below to access a preliminary boarding and group housing staff report and preliminary amendment recommendations. Beginning on February 9, 2021 with the initial posting of this material, a public comment period of over 30 days commenced prior to the item being considered by the Planning Committee on March 15, 2021. Staff strongly encourages the community to comment and provide feedback on these written recommended changes. All comments submitted via the form below will be part of the record and provided to the Planning Committee, Planning Commission, and Metro Council. Comments received after March 14, 2021 will not be provided to the Planning Committee; however, staff will continue to accept comments for the file up until the Planning Commission public hearing date (which is to be determined) and provide them to the Planning Commission and Metro Council.


The draft amendments are currently under review by the Planning Committee of the Planning Commission. This is the first formal procedural step. After reviewed by the Planning Committee, there will be at least one Planning Commission public hearing in which the community can provide comments directly to the Commission. Following the Planning Commission's review and recommendation, the amendments will be reviewed by Metro Council and other cities with zoning authority that choose to take up the matter.

  1. Planning Committee: March 15, 2021
  2. Planning Commission: To be determined
  3. Metro Council: To be determined

We Want To Hear From You!

The draft amendments are preliminary in nature and will evolve as more community input is received and reviewed. Please provide comments and ideas on changes to the boarding and group housing regulations by filling out the following comment form. You may also contact Joe Haberman at (502)574-6230 or email him with any questions or comments.

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