Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Council to consider new short-term rental regulations

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 4:21 PM

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City Council will consider four options for regulating short-term rentals on Dec. 5.

Options A, B and C define an “owner-occupied” short-term rental, or STR, as occupied by the owner for at least 180 days each year. Option D increases the minimum for “owner-occupied” to 210 days.

All of the ordinance options require non-owner-occupied STRs to be spaced at least five lots apart in any direction.

Options B and D ban non-owner-occupied STRs in single-family zones, while option C requires that applications for non-owner-occupied units within single-family zones be reviewed by the Planning Commission.

Council will solicit public feedback on the four options Dec. 5, during the City Council meeting that begins at 8 a.m. in City Hall.

Meanwhile, short-term rentals marketed through one online platform are already bringing in the big bucks. 

Colorado Springs Airbnb hosts earned $1.4 million over six Air Force Academy football home game weekends this season, according to Airbnb booking data. 

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the date of the public hearing. It is Dec. 5.

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