Homer City Council Proposes New Regulations for Short-Term Rentals, Plans Public Engagement Meetings
In a move to regulate short-term rentals, the Homer City Council has presented Ordinance 23-61 and has lined up a series of public engagement meetings for early 2024. The proposed regulations are set to be thoroughly discussed and examined at these meetings, providing an opportunity for the public to voice their opinions and ask questions.
Upcoming Meetings and Public Participation
The Economic Development Advisory Commission (EDC) is scheduled to convene on January 9th, with a work session preceding the meeting to allow public participation. Guiding Growth, a community-focused organization, has organized a Q&A session on January 24th at Kachemak Bay Campus, with the exact timing yet to be confirmed. Further, the Planning Commission has meetings penciled in for February 7th and 21st, and the EDC will gather again on February 13th.
Highlighting the significance of public input, a critical public hearing for Ordinance 23-61 is set for February 26th. The city council has indicated the possibility of introducing a substitute ordinance based on the public feedback collected by February 15th.
Registration and Fee Structure
In an attempt to clarify concerns, the city has stated that there are no proposed caps on the number of short-term rentals at this time. Businesses operating such rentals will be able to register for free throughout 2024. However, starting in 2025, a fee-based registration system will be implemented.
Community Contribution and Contacts
Community members are encouraged to submit comments on the draft regulations online and access additional resources at the city’s planning website. For additional inquiries, the city’s planning department has provided contact details to facilitate open communication.