BL2019-111: New Zoning Districts to Restrict STRPs

UPDATED 2/18/20: The bill passed into law on third reading at Metro Council on 2/18/20.

UPDATED 2/4/20: The bill passed by a majority voice vote at Metro Council’s second reading/public hearing tonight. There will be a third and final reading on February 18th.

UPDATED 1/17/20: Planning Commission voted to approve this bill. Second reading public hearing at Metro Council is scheduled for February 4, 2020.

UPDATED 1/13/20: Date for public hearing at Planning Commission is this Thursday, January 16, 2020 (per the meeting agenda released this morning). Staff recommendations, more details, and action items can be found HERE »

UPDATED 12/18/19: Bill passed first reading at Metro Council and has been referred to Planning Commission. Date of public hearing at Planning Commission unknown at this time. Public hearing at Metro Council has been deferred until February 4, 2020.


Original Post:

In addition to the other bills still in process, the seventh short term rental-related bill of 2019 has just been introduced by Metro Council. This one appears to impact both owner occupied and non-owner occupied eligibility by further limiting zones where short term rentals are allowed.

NEW ZONING DISTRICTS TO RESTRICT STRPS:

Bill BL2019-111, sponsored by, Council Members Sean Parker, Kyonzté Toombs, Colby Sledge, states that it aims “to create certain new zoning districts which prohibit STRP uses.”

  • This bill would impact both owner occupied and non-owner occupied eligibility.
  • A new “category” of zoning would be added to the zoning grid which would allow a zone to be changed from its current status to a status of -NS (NS = no short term rental). For instance, if a property is currently CS, it could be changed to CS-NS which would restrict all STR permits (both owner-occupied and non-owner occupied) from being issued there.

The documentation for this bill can be reviewed in its entirety with the following links:

This bill is scheduled for first reading at Metro Council this Tuesday, December 17, 2019. As first reading is basically procedural, it is likely to pass and be referred to the Planning Commission at that time.


CONCERNS REGARDING THIS BILL:

  • While the intent is likely to curtail short term rental developments specifically in multi-family zones, it also opens the door for properties, streets, and entire neighborhoods to be rezoned to eliminate short term rentals.
  • If this bill passes, it is easily foreseeable that any council member or Nashville citizen who is unfriendly toward STRs would be able to apply for a downzoning of your home or your entire neighborhood to the new -NS zoning that restricts all short term rentals.
  • This is a measure taken through the Davidson County Metro City Council and Planning Commission, and property owners do not have to approve zoning changes to their property. (Meaning, this zoning change could be enacted on your property without your consent.)
  • This is basically a “backdoor ban” to eliminate short-term rentals in Nashville.

PROCESS AND TIMELINE FOR BILLS:

This bill is currently on introduction/first reading this Tuesday at Council. The typical process is that this introduction/first reading is a procedural meeting where the bill is recommended for referral to Planning Commission. It is then expected to go through the process of being heard and passed at Planning Commission followed by a public hearing/additional readings at Metro Council to become law. There is a Planning Commission meeting on January 16, though as of the time of this posting, the scheduled date for the hearing of this bill has not yet been publicized. Planning Commission hearing will be a public hearing.

After passage at Planning Commission, the bill will go to Metro Council where there will be another Public Hearing before going on through the process. When we know these dates, we will update the details here.


WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

It’s crucial that you make your voice heard.


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