City Council to discuss changes in short-term rental regulations

The roof of Asheville City Hall.

The Asheville City Council will discuss possible changes May 12 to parts of the city’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) that govern short-term rental and homestays.

Council will accept public comment at its regular meeting. Based on Council’s instructions, staff will draft amendments for the Planning and Zoning Commission. Following P&Z’s action, Council will then take final action on any changes to the UDO.

More than 150 members of the public attended a special March meeting to discuss short-term rentals.

Current regulations allow property owners to offer residential units to the public for rent for less than 30 days if located in non-residentially zoned areas.

At its May 12 meeting, Council will also decide whether to approve the $90,000 purchase of police body cameras. This purchase will be based on equipment standardization through 2019.

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About Pat Barcas
Pat is a photojournalist and writer who moved to Asheville in 2014. He previously worked for a labor and social rights advocacy newspaper in Chicago. Email him at pbarcas@gmail.com. Follow me @pbarcas

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