Meeting and Beating the Challenge of Off-Campus Student Housing

Zoning Practice — August 2017

By Dwight Merriam, FAICP


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Most college students living off-campus are good neighbors. Furthermore, communities that have a diverse supply of off-campus private student housing can help educational institutions attract students and remain competitive. However, student encroachment in established neighborhoods is a source of tension in many communities that host major post-secondary institutions.

This issue of Zoning Practice discusses how planning, carefully thought-out regulation, effective enforcement, and continuing cooperation and coordination between town and gown can help meet off-campus housing demand without undermining the character of established neighborhoods.


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About the Author

Dwight Merriam, FAICP
Dwight Merriam, FAICP, a lawyer and land use planner, is a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a Fellow and Past President and of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Past Chair of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, a Counselor of Real Estate, and the Connecticut member of Owners’ Counsel of America. Dwight taught for 40 years as an adjunct professor in several law schools. He has published over 200 articles and 13 books, including co- authoring the casebook, PLANNING AND CONTROL OF LAND DEVELOPMENT, and co-authoring the treatise RATHKOPF’S THE LAW OF ZONING AND PLANNING with Prof. Sara Bronin. He is the author of CONNECTICUT LAND USE LAW and Practice 4th. Dwight served as an active duty and reserve Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, including three Vietnam deployments, retiring after 31 years as a Captain. UMass BA (cum laude), UNC MRP, and Yale JD.