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 edition 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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Aug. 1, 2017
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About the Author

Dwight Merriam, FAICP
Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP, a lawyer in private practice in Simsbury, Connecticut, has practiced law for four decades. He represents land owners, developers, governments, and individuals in land use matters. Dwight is a Fellow and Past President and of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a former Director of the American Planning Association, a former chair of APA’s Planning and Law Division, a former chair of the American Bar Association’s national Section of State and Local Government Law; the Connecticut member of Owners’ Counsel of America, a former Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute National Advisory Board, a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a Counselor of Real Estate, a member of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, and a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Author of 13 books and over 200 articles. Taught for 40 years in several law schools and planning schools. UMass BA (cum laude), UNC MRP, YALE JD. Navy Captain (surface warfare) 31 years, three tours in Viet Nam.