The people of Asheville support vacation rentals because we are the demographic that enjoys that type of accommodation when we travel. That is why we voted 3-to-1 in favor of accessory dwelling units as vacations rentals in Asheville.gov’s first online survey.
I assume the anti-short-term-rental neighborhood associations had all their members fill out the survey, and still a large majority chose to support allowing STRs in ADUs. We have heard from the opponents of short-term rentals in accessory dwelling units. Their arguments are largely based on what-if scenarios and false statements that an ADU rental is somehow fundamentally different than a homestay.
Can someone explain to me how it changes the complexion of my neighborhood if a tourist parks in my gravel lot and enters the rear ADU building instead of entering my home? That is misleading and false, and the purveyors of these statements need to be held accountable for their lies. They act like they are the homeowners association for all of Asheville.
The citizens of Asheville spoke clearly in the last couple of elections about how they feel about council members who hold uncompromising positions. The STR issue hasn’t gone away because Council bungled the first attempt and was led into a radical position.
It is time for compromise. I don’t speak for any organization but would like to point out that Council should be looking at ways to answer the calls of the people who want this, while finding ways to divert the taxes to other projects that are actually important. Use increased revenues to divert funds to sidewalks or affordable housing. Now that would be a great way to keep homeowners happy while addressing a need.
My call to Council is to listen to your constituents and to address the issue through creative compromise.
— Austin Hill