Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Decision on Housing Code Postponed

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Decision on Housing Code Postponed

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The Ferguson City Council has put off until next month a decision on a controversial plan to upgrade the city's minimum housing-standards code.

Since last April, members of the city's planning and zoning commission have been working on revising the current code, which dates to 1984.

With the commission's blessing, the council began considering the revised code at its Feb. 8 meeting. Like the existing code, the revised code would come into play only when a house or commercial building is bought or sold, or when a new tenant moves in.

Residents are divided over the issue and have been turning out at public meetings by the dozens to let public officials know where they stand.

Some residents favor the proposed code because they hope new regulations can help preserve property values and promote safe and clean neighborhoods.

Others oppose the code for various reasons, including charges that the housing inspections would violate constitutional rights to privacy and that the code's electrical requirements would be too expensive for residents to meet. …

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