Non-STR Zoning Bill: Take Action

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


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The non-STR zoning bill has been progressing through the legislative process. (Need a refresher of how a bill becomes a law? We’ve got you covered.) The bill is returning to Metro Council for its third and final reading on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Understanding the Bill

BL2019-111:  CREATES A NEW “NO SHORT TERM RENTAL” ZONE THAT WOULD DISALLOW BOTH OWNER-OCCUPIED AND NON-OWNER OCCUPIED ELIGIBILITY IN EACH ZONE
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  • The bill 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 passing of the bill would not immediately effect a change of anyone’s zoning. It does, however, create the opportunity for any future rezone to only be
  • View more details on BL2019-111 here »

Concerns Regarding the Bill

  • While the intent is to curtail STR developments specifically in multi-family zones (to allow for increased density for residents), the bill 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 Councilmember or neighbor 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. (Technically speaking, only the property owner, a Councilmember, or Planning Department can apply for a rezone. However, as is current practice with any rezone, any individual can obtain their Councilmember’s support and have them submit the application.)
  • It is probable that any request to rezone moving forward would include approvals to only -NS zoning. Meaning, it’s highly likely no new rezones would allow for any type of STRs: non-owner occupied as well as owner occupied.
  • 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.

What You Can Do

  • Email Metro Council by end of day Monday (2/17) and ask them to vote no on this bill. The button link below will generate an email addressed to Metro Council.
  • Use the concerns listed above as a starting point for your message. Personalize it as you see fit. Be respectful and kind while letting Council know the negative impact this bill would have. Include your home address at the end of your message.

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DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR HOME ADDRESS IN YOUR MESSAGE.

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As a reminder, NASTRA is unable to provide information on specific properties/circumstances, therefore we are unable to reply to individual messages in that vein. In these instances, we suggest you contact an attorney. You can find contact information on our Friends of NASTRA page.

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