Lawmakers Discuss Off-Campus Housing For UK Students

The Lexington Fayette Urban County Government is considering a proposal that would result in some students having to find a new place to live.

A proposal brought forward by Councilman David Stevens, that according to him, affects UK students, landlords, and everyday citizens of Lexington. He says the student population is simply too concentrated in one area.

He says the dense population will increase problems like too many cars, noise, trash and alcohol abuse.

Not everyone shares that same opinion. Some say the proposal is a direct discrimination against students, and say in it's current form would be against the law.

Those opposed even offer a solution saying the council should concentrate on enforcing current laws in the area rather than imposing new ones.

The regulations being discussed would allow only three non-related students to live in an off-campus house at a time.

If passed, it would also not allow student residential unit to exist within 180 feet of another student home.


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  • by anonymous Location: Lexington on Nov 21, 2007 at 02:33 PM
    Well from a logistical standpoint, I'm sure the councilman would love the extra 5-10 minutes to get down an already congested Nicholasville Rd/South Limestone area as a result of the incresed traffic (due to more students living farther away and thus having to drive). Or, how about the increase in a need for on-campus parking, when there is already a shortage as it is. Aside from the whole thing being illegal (you can't tell people where they can live and who they can live with), it's just dumb. I can't help but wonder what this councilman's college experience was like that makes him so opposed to the demographic.
  • by Vickie Location: Ky on Nov 21, 2007 at 06:55 AM
    Why don't they vote to re-inforce the laws already in effect instead of trying to implement other laws. It's a free country, you can live where-ever you choose as long as you can afford it. Its rediculus what UK students are being forced to do to acheive an education. Stop trying to create ways to receive that extra pay and just do your job. You live where you want, don't you? Maybe the Council MEMBERS should be forced to seek another residence to live in too.
  • by Chris Location: Downtown on Nov 21, 2007 at 05:13 AM
    I thought this was a free country where one could choose to live wherever they want and with whomever they want. I have never in my life heard such a BS proposal! You people here in Lexington need to take notice of this and send a bunch of these elected officials packing! They sure do seem to want to limit the rights of real Americans while thumbing thier noses at us over thier non action concerning the HUGE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WAVE that is sweeping over Lexington and the whole USA.
  • by Tyler Location: Lexington on Nov 20, 2007 at 05:50 PM
    This proposal is absolutely ludacris. It discriminates solely against students, and punishes them for wanting to live with their friends and have fun. The city of Lexington is nothing without the University of Kentucky, and if the local governments continue with proposals like this the students will stop coming. They will take their monies, their community service efforts, and their contributions to the workforce to another college town. Generally we students don't really get into local politics a whole lot, but mark it down, if this passes the student population will become united and there will be an uprising against legislation like this.
  • by John Location: Lexington on Nov 20, 2007 at 04:20 PM
    Remember when this government gets in volved it is C- City H-has A-arrived O-on S-scene
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Nov 20, 2007 at 02:55 PM
    Why is our city so much against the students of UK? I've heard all the talk about how they're "destroying" the areas around campus, and now the council wants them to destroy the entire city by pushing them away from the campus area? This makes no sense. Not to mention how illegal this would be if they passed it. They can't regulate who lives with each other or where they live. While they're at it, let's make all the blacks live North of Main St, all the Whites live South of Main St, all the gays live within 6 blocks of Main St where all the gay bars are, and hmmmmm...who else can they discriminate against. Oh yeah, all the rich people can have their own place too (oh wait, the rich already do). We also need to regulate animals too while they're at it, no animals inside of New Circle Road, all pets have to be outside the circle, and if you're elderly, you need to be within 1000 yds of a nursing home so that you won't have far to move if you need to. This is RIDICULOUS!!!
  • by Mike Location: Lexington on Nov 20, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    Council memeber Stevens does not live in the 21st century, people can CHOSE to live anywhere they please this is still AMERICA. If he wants to regulate housing, how about looking at the illegal immigrants living off of Versailles Road? Government was designed to provide basic services and then get out of the way, that is Capitalism.

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