Short Term Vacation Rental On Dogwood Drive At Ware Branch Is Turned Down By Planning Commission

Monday, August 8, 2022

The Planning Commission on Monday turned down a short term vacation rental request on Dogwood Drive after opposition from a number of neighbors, including Rep. Greg Vital.

The request was by Tyler and Melissa Hunt of Ooltewah.

They said they purchased the five-bedroom house at 5920 Dogwood Dr. as a family retreat and also wanted to rent it out on occasion.

Rep. Vital and other neighbors spoke of the road being only 17 feet wide and of deep water nearby. They said under a 1955 deed restriction from TVA the property is not to be used for commercial purposes.

One neighbor said she formerly managed STVRs and said, "They are a nightmare."

The Planning Commission now has the final say so on STVRs. However, an appeal can be made to the County Commission.


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