Proposed Changes To Short Term Vacation Rentals Get Hosts Fired Up, But No One Claims Revisions

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Proposed changes to the city's Short Term Vacation Rentals program were set to go before the City Council next Tuesday, but that now appears to be off the table.

Councilman Darrin Ledford said he had been set to discuss the topic brought forth by Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod at the planning and zoning committee Tuesday.

However, administration officials said they had their own set of proposed changes they are working on, but were not quite ready.

It was suggested that the administration get together with Councilwoman Coonrod to see if they could come forward with one proposal. Chairman Erskine Oglesby said, in light of that, there would be no discussion Tuesday on the topic.

Then Councilman Ken Smith said Councilwoman Coonrod had been trying for several weeks to get he proposal heard and that should move forward. So it was back on.

However, Councilwoman Coonrod then said the proposed changes that were planned for a vote next Tuesday were not from her. She said, "I don't know where this version came from, but it's not mine."

She said she had a particular issue on short term vacation rentals that she wanted to discuss. She said it was "just a small section."

It was finally decided to have committee discussion next Tuesday - but not a vote - on possible short term vacation rental changes.

A number of those interested in the topic, having read the proposed changes on the city's website, were at the Tuesday night council meeting.

Several said when the first ordinance was drafted there was extensive involvement with affected neighborhoods and the rental community. They asked that this happen again in connection with any changes.

 


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