LODGING LIMITS: At its Oct. 3 meeting, Asheville City Council asked the Planning and Zoning Commission to consider removing lodging of 20 rooms or fewer from the permitted uses in the Haywood Road form-based code district. Image courtesy of the city of Asheville

City Council talks tough on short-term lodging

Asheville City Council appears committed to holding the city’s line on any potential expansion of short-term rentals. Council members put the kibosh on a proposal to allow short-term rentals on a stretch of Haywood Road in West Asheville, while also instructing city staff to explore banning the practice in all areas of the city, including the River Arts District and downtown. Homestays, a type of accommodation where the primary resident is home during a guest’s short-term stay, would remain legal.