Half mile restriction on groups home too limiting

Published 12:36pm Saturday, December 22, 2012

Depending on how the half mile restriction is calculated, the resolution could prohibit organizations from taking advantage of the benefits a town like Columbus would afford.

Within the town limits of Columbus there are homes available that would allow for residents of the group home to be within walking distance of shops and restaurants; places they might even be able to find employment.

We understand that no one neighborhood would want to see a majority of homes taken up by group homes, but we feel the half-mile restriction – the maximum distance the state allows a city to enforce – is a detriment to the community rather than a benefit.

What neighborhoods could now miss out on are the sale of nearby homes that possibly have been vacant for some time and the addition of neighbors who could make quality contributions to their community.

- Tryon Daily Bulletin, editorial staff

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