Weaverville debates future of short-term rentals as community weighs in – WLOS

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Weaverville is one of those towns where everybody knows everybody, and a lot of people like it that way.

It’s also an area that doesn’t have many places for visitors to stay.

“In Weaverville, in particular, we only have one hotel,” Weaverville Town Manager Selena Coffey said. “We don’t have any bed and breakfasts anymore.”

With short-term rental properties, people could have new neighbors every weekend or even every day.

But some don’t see the need for more people in the town.

“I hear people talk about how Asheville is sold out with tourism,” former Weaverville short-term rental manager Mary Logsdon said. “I don’t want that to happen in Weaverville.”

That’s why Weaverville town officials are seeking the community’s thoughts on the matter.

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Websites like Airbnb and VRBO have popularized homestays in local neighborhoods for those visiting the area.

“Short-term rentals are beneficial for those folks that want to visit, and we don’t have enough hotel space,” Coffey said. “Or they don’t want a hotel. They want to stay in a place with a more home feel.”

Coffey said the income made by the rental property owners plays a big part in their lives also.

However, some worry about never knowing who’s living in their neighborhood.

“If someone bought the house next door to me, and there were strangers in it all the time, I probably wouldn’t like it, especially if I had kids,” Logsdon said.

MORE MEETINGS PLANNED IN EARLY 2024 TO DISCUSS BUNCOMBE COUNTY SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Tuesday night was the second time Weaverville Town Council gauged the community’s thoughts about short-term rentals in the area. These sessions could bring change. If residents want modifications to or enforcement of ordinances regarding noise and trash collecting, according to Coffey, that’s a possibility, too.

“If it’s a noise issue coming from a short-term rental, maybe what we need to do is strengthen our noise ordinance to protect the neighbors,” she said.

There’s a question that remains in the minds of many — Is Weaverville the type of town for a big short-term rental presence?

“I think there’s a market for it,” Logsdon said. “People should be allowed to do what they want to make a living and make investments. Controlling it to some extent is reasonable.”

The next community hearing on the matter is set for 6-7 p.m. Jan. 17 via Zoom. Click here to learn more about the meeting.

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