Commissioners clear path for short-term rental licensing | New

Norfolkians will soon be able to rent their spare rooms.

The Norfolk Planning Commission has approved two motions that will allow short-term rentals such as Airbnbs and VRBOs in residential areas, if passed by city council.

Valerie Grimes, director of planning and development, explained the motion at the planning committee meeting on Tuesday morning.

“Short-term rentals are what most people would think of as an Airbnb, a VRBO, someone who rents a house for someone who comes to town, almost like a hotel but in a residential area, in a private house. ‘habitation,’ she said.

Right now, renting rooms or houses using Airbnb or another platform would be illegal, Grimes said.

“Currently, they are not allowed in the city. People are doing them now, not legally, it seems, in the town of Norfolk, ”she said. “So that’s a way to make them become legal.”

Short-term rentals should be authorized annually and inspected, Grimes said. No license fee was set, but $ 150 each year was discussed.

The city would define the short term as 30 days or less.

The Norfolk Planning Commission met at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the Norfolk City Council Chamber.

Members of the Commission present: Dan Spray, Kyle Deets, Zackary Gangwer, Dirk Waite, Jacob Thone, Mary Hammond, Brandon Franklin and Martin Griffith.

Absent Commission Members: Melissa Figueroa

Duration of the meeting: 25 minutes.

Other people present: Municipal staff, four; media representatives, two; and three from the public.

– Conditional use permit approved for an oversized accessory building on a property with address of 2804 E. Norfolk Ave.

– Conditional use permit approved for the storage and warehousing of non-hazardous materials on properties located at 211 W. Madison Ave. and 207 S. 3rd St.

– Recommended to modify the city code to regulate short-term rentals; change the definition of “hotel” and add a definition of “short-term rentals” in the zoning code; and adopt article 27-284 to deal with short-term rentals in the zoning code.

– Recommended to modify the land use matrix to create a new category of use which will be conditional on an existing and valid residential conditional use permit; remove guesthouses as a conditional use in BP district; and add short term rentals to the matrix.

– Recommended a sidewalk waiver for the property located at 2812 E. Benjamin Ave.

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