Under direction from City Council, the Planning Department began working with the Planning Board in October 2015 to review the appropriateness of amending the Unified Development Ordinance for short-term rentals, such as those found on Airbnb.com and VRBO.com.
After several months of review and discussion during their regular meeting on March 15, 2016 the Planning Board recommended approval of changes to several chapters of the Unified Development Ordinance. These changes would allow short-term rentals subject to certain conditions (click the link at the bottom of this page to review these specific conditions).
City Council met on April 18, 2016 to review the Planning Board's draft ordinance and after a presentation from Staff and Q&A, Council requested changes related to parking and additional definitions to ensure clarity in the specific types of rentals. These changes were incorporated and presented for review at City Council's meeting on May 16, 2016.
After Council's discussion on May 16, 2016 a public hearing was scheduled for June 20, 2016. That hearing was held on June 20, 2016 and continued until August 15, 2016, allowing time for Staff to incorporate changes requested by City Council.
During their regular meeting on August 15, 2016 City Council voted to continue the public hearing, pending further review from Staff and Counsel. This was in response to recent changes in state law. The effects of which were not fully known during the hearing on the 15th.
The revised ordinance was presented and reviewed during City Council's regular meeting on September 19, 2016 at 7:00PM. At this meeting, following discussion and input from Staff and the City's attorney, Council voted to send the ordinance back to the Planning Board for additional review. This was in response to the state law mentioned above and the impact it has on the City's authority to regulate these types of uses.
On October 18, 2016 the Planning Board will revisit this topic. Please plan on attending this meeting if you are interested in following this discussion. Click the link below to review the current version of the proposed ordinance, as well as those versions presented at previous meetings.
The Planning Board meeting on October 18, 2016 will take place at 7:00PM in the City Council Chambers, located at 95 W. Main St. (next to Harris Hardware).