The Transylvania Times -

By Kevin Fuller
Staff Writer 

Public Input Sought On Short-Term Rentals-Brevard NC


The City of Brevard wants to hear from residents regarding a proposed ordinance that would allow but regulate the operation of short-term rentals within city limits.

During the regularly scheduled Brevard City Council meeting on Monday, council members debated holding off on a public hearing pending more information but eventually decided to schedule it during its meeting in June.

Councilman Charlie Landreth raised a previously unheard concern, stating the city should consider limiting the number of short-term rentals in the city, requesting language be added to the proposed amendment that does so.

"I think the issue of how to limit short-term rentals is an important piece," said Landreth. "I think that's the piece we have not really dealt with."

Landreth eventually made the motion to schedule the public hearing despite asking for the language be added to the proposed ordinance, as well as requesting city staff explore a methodology in how to limit the number.

Councilman Maurice Jones wanted to hold off on scheduling a public input session but eventually voted for scheduling it.

"I think if we go into a public hearing now, already knowing there's some other things we want to hear, I think it will delay the process further," Jones said.

The council debated if it should schedule the public hearing, knowing more language would be changed and that the proposed ordinance was not finalized.

"If we look back historically, we've gone into a public hearing on the first draft of an ordinance," said City Attorney Michael Pratt.

The city has been pondering an official stance on the popular services, such as Airbnb and VRBO, that allow for the renting of a room or residential dwelling for as little as a day.

"You've spend a lot of time on this already," Pratt added.

The city had also removed a portion of the ordinance referring to parking, raising questions from several residents during the general public input session. The ordinance originally would have prevented those who stay at a short term rental from parking on the street in the neighborhood, requiring them to park in the rear or side of the residence they're staying at.

Jones asked city Planning Director Daniel Cobb to help clarify the issue in the next version of the ordinance.

The public hearing will be held during the next council meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 20 in council chambers.


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