September 7, 2016
Last week, reported that Rexburg city officials recently sent letters to Airbnb hosts asking most of them to cease their activities. Rexburg’s zoning code forbids short-term rental activity in low-density housing areas such as subdivisions. Property owners in medium-density zones can offer lodging through Airbnb, but only after they receive approval from the city zoning board. Those with housing in high-density zones can offer Airbnb rentals without asking the city for permission. Rexburg City Code Enforcement Officer Natalie Powell said the regulations keep the peace in neighborhoods, where homeowners move in expecting a certain lifestyle. Airbnb “ends up causing havoc in those neighborhoods,” Powell told last week. Powell said the short-term rentals can cause extra traffic on normally quiet city streets, and can disrupt the tranquility many homeowners seek….