ACC Mayor and Commission to finalize short term rental regulations at tonight’s meeting – WUGA

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The Athens-Clarke County mayor and commission are set to vote tonight on short term rental regulations.

At tonight’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Mayor and Commission will debate extending the moratorium on new short term rentals, also known as STRs, in single-family neighborhoods. Commissioners cite negative impacts on quality of life in residential districts where STRs, often marketed on websites like VRBO or AirBnb, are common.

If approved, the moratorium would remain in place until early May of this year.

The Mayor and Commission are also set to examine new regulation of STRs, including language that would divide STRs into two types—commercial and owner occupied. Owner-occupied STRs would be operated by the owner or primary resident of the home, and would require a permit to function. Commercial STRs would not be allowed in single family residential districts.

In November, Commissioner Melissa Link of District 2 voiced her support for further STR regulation.

“I’m looking forward to extending this moratorium and getting some proper regulation that does make those allowances for owner occupied properties and properly managed properties,” she said.

A representative from Airbnb, however, stated that short term rentals make up relatively little of Athens-Clarke County’s housing stock—about 2%—and that short term rentals are a vital source of income for those who operate them.

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