Worried about the city’s new zoning for Airbnbs? Do not be

A few weeks ago the city of Amarillo sent out a document discussing zoning changes in our neighborhoods.

If you’re like me, you’ve looked on in complete confusion and wondered What does that mean?

One of the zoning issues that arises from this letter is the subject of Airbnbs. Whoo, this sent people into a tizzy. But what was it?

Well…the city of Amarillo currently has no code for short term rentals and this is one of the main issues they are trying to address.

What is the definition of a short-term rental?

According to City or Amarillo:

Short term rental : Any dwelling or part thereof that is available for use or is used for lodging or lodging for a period of less than 30 consecutive days by guests paying a fee or other compensation. This definition does not include a bed and breakfast, which is a separately defined and regulated use.

What is the difference between classic BnBs and short-term rentals?

The City of Amarillo explained that:

Short-term rentals (STR) (like AirBNB, VRBO, HomeAway) on the other hand are a new use that has never been defined in our zoning code. The new zoning code (as proposed) will add these STRs to the land use table without additional regulations. There will be no restrictions or regulations on STRs except for paying HOT taxes (which state law and city ordinance already require them to pay.) The new zoning code ( as proposed) will allow STRs in every zoning district since we have existing homes/STRs even in light industrial zoning districts.

According to a question paper on zoning proposals:

Short-term rentals were never identified in the ordinance, which created uncertainty as to whether they are permitted and/or in which zoning districts they are permitted at a minimum. The proposed code seeks to clarify this by defining STRs as a use and allowing them in all zoning districts except the heavy commercial, light industrial and heavy industrial zoning districts.

They want to make sure the codes also protect residential areas and that the STR won’t affect residents who own homes and live in the areas.

The City of Amarillo held a meeting on Monday, March 28 and voted to defer voting on all new zoning proposals after hearing from the public.

All I know is that by the next meeting, I’ll probably know what they’re talking about (sort of).

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