Lexington town leaders agreed Monday to look at limiting the number of roommates who can live together.
Councilman Steve MacDougall portrayed the restriction as an anti-crime measure, particularly at apartment complexes.
Its a step to keep our community a lot safer, he said. Problems are less when you have families living together.
Trouble involving roommates isnt common now in the town of 18,000 residents, but putting safeguards in place is a precaution, he said.
The limit is common in communities with colleges such as nearby Columbia to prevent overcrowding in rental residences.
There is no campus in Lexington, although some residents commute to classes across the Midlands.
The proposal isnt aimed at migrant workers who sometimes band together while in the Midlands to harvest crops and assist in construction, MacDougall said.
Council members told town planners to review the idea and come up with a specific proposal.
A limit of three roommates per dwelling is usual, town planning director John Hanson said.
The controls wouldnt apply to families regardless of the number of relatives living at the same home
Some council members want to ensure that the controls, if adopted, wouldnt affect families with adopted and foster children.
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