Councilmember, petition call for Shawnee’s new co-living ban to be revisited

Shawnee co-living ban

Jae Moyer, left, of Shawnee and Liz Smith of Olathe were among a handful of opponents to Shawnee's new co-living ordinance who showed up at Monday's city council meeting urging the council to revise or roll back the new regulations. Photo credit Roxie Hammill.

Shawnee’s new rules on the number of unrelated adults who can inhabit a single living space are unclear enough that one city councilmember suggested Monday that they need to be revisited and better explained.

“For me, I got this one wrong,” said Councilmember Jill Chalfie during the meeting’s final minutes.

The background: Chalfie was part of the unanimous vote in favor of the ordinance April 25. However, there is no indication that the rest of the council would be willing to take another look at the new regulation.