|July 20, 2017 City Council Regular Meeting|
Motion to Amend the Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance
In early 2017, the City launched a process to address concerns about the growing short-term vacation rental industry’s impact on residents and the community. The goal was to examine the use, identify issues, and propose mutually agreed upon revisions to the existing regulations. The process did not focus on expanding the use, nor did it focus on the rental of a bedroom in an owner-occupied home, referred to as a bed and breakfast homestay. It only considered the rental of an entire dwelling unit in the areas where the use is currently permitted.
Individual meetings were held with stakeholders to include the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Victorian Neighborhood Association and Mid-City District. Additional meetings were held with Share Savannah, which represents five local short-term vacation rental management companies; Short-Term Vacation Rental Owners Association; Tourism Leadership Council and Expedia/HomeAway. Meetings were also held with concerned citizens about possible changes to the regulations.
In May and June, eight public meetings were held with representatives from the stakeholder groups and citizens with a total of 333 persons participating. Based on feedback from stakeholders, the City broke down the use into two key areas:
1. Administrative enhancements focusing on the short-term vacation rental ordinance and methods to improve operations
The proposed changes to the Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance reflect the administrative enhancements as agreed to by the stakeholders and include:
• Posting exemplar rental agreement on any website where the short-term vacation rental property is advertised
Notification will include address of the proposed short-term rental, location of proposed on-site parking, occupancy requirements, copy of the short term vacation rental house policies, name of property owner, and name of rental agent company and contact information.
Bridget Lidy, Tourism and Ambassadorship Director
Redline Revisions to Chapter 11 Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance.pdf
Revisions to Chapter 11 Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance.pdf