September 7, 2016
The City Council has scheduled a vote on short-term rental zoning changes for Oct. 6, in what’s likely to be a marathon debate over the future of properties rented on websites such as Airbnb. After hearing hours of testimony about proposed zoning changes for short-term rentals, the Planning Commission decided to retain a short-term rental ban for whole-home rentals, but allow people who live in a residence to rent out rooms on a short-term basis. The proposal would also allow whole-home short-term rentals in commercially zoned areas such as downtown. But the Planning Commission vote was just a recommendation — the Council has final say on whether it wants to change the zoning code. And if it does, there are questions about whether the city has the resources to enforce violators, or allow illegal short-term rentals to continue operating, as they are now….