MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Along Kentucky River road is a group of Madison County neighbors who say they’re petitioning for stricter regulations of short-term rentals within the county limits.
“The safety of the road is the most concerning to us,” said Madison Co. homeowner Stephanie Adkins. “Someone is going to get hurt. It’s just a matter of time. We absolutely don’t even go 25 miles per hour on our road because you can’t.”
Stephanie Adkins says a short-term rental property has been operating out of a cabin in her neighborhood for about three years now.
She says they believe the rental property isn’t regulated as closely as it should be…starting with the amount of traffic it brings to the small neighborhood road.
“My dogs have almost been hit. My animals have almost been hit. I’ve almost been hit in my vehicle. I mean head-on collisions,” said Adkins.
Now, Richmond City Commissioners have a proposed ordinance that, if passed, would regulate short-term rentals in city limits.
County officials say they don’t have a separate short-term rental ordinance. Instead, they say rental property regulations fall under their land use ordinance. The property owner’s attorneys say the property owner does have a short-term rental permit issued by Madison County Planning and Development.
Adkins argues this isn’t enough.
“Someone needs to monitor this and regulate it absolutely,” said Adkins.
Adkins says she intends to speak on the issue again at the next fiscal court meeting in February.
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