Setback Bill: Take Action

UPDATED 3/12/20: Despite the tornado, this bill was still heard at Metro Council for its second reading on 3/5/20, where it passed.

Substitute bill BL2019-78, which measures 100 feet from lot line to lot line, is scheduled for third and final reading at Metro Council on March 17, 2020.


UPDATED 2/27/20: Planning Commission voted to approve this bill with the staff recommendation of measuring 100 feet from lot line to lot line.

The bill as originally written (measuring from structure to structure) is immediately enacted by Codes for issuance of new STR permits, per Pending Ordinance Doctrine.

The bill will be back at Metro Council for a final public hearing on March 5, 2020.


The non-owner occupied STR setback 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 a public hearing at Planning Commission this Thursday, February 27, 2020 and then to Metro Council for a final public hearing on March 5, 2020.

Even if you already sent an email about this issue or attended the previous hearing, it’s important for you to do so again so your opposition is heard.

Make note that due to Pending Ordinance Doctrine, the stipulations in this bill will be immediately enacted by Codes for issuance of new STR permits following the Planning Commission hearing.

Understanding the Bill

BL2019-78: IMPOSES DISTANCE REQUIREMENT FOR NON-OWNER OCCUPIED STRS
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  • Adds a minimum distance requirement for any new non-owner occupied STRP permit. This bill states that “no new STRP permit shall be issued to an applicant whose location is less than one hundred feet from a religious institution, a school or its playground, a park, or a licensed day care center or its playground.”
  • The Planning Commission staff recommendation is to require the 100ft. distance from lot line to lot line, which means it would impact significantly more properties. (Originally, distances were to be measured in a straight line from the closest point of the applicant’s dwelling unit to the closest point of the building.) (See page 17 in the Planning Commission Staff report.)
  • View more details on BL2019-78 here »

What You Can Do

EMAIL METRO COUNCIL TO ASK THEM TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL.
  • The button link below will generate an email addressed to Council members for you. .
INCLUDE YOUR HOME ADDRESS IN YOUR MESSAGE. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
  • Emails to Council are required to include your home address so they know they’re hearing from constituents.
  • Be respectful while letting them know the negative impact this bill would have on you and the STR community.

SEND AN EMAIL

PLAN TO ATTEND THE METRO COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING ON THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH TO VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE BILL.

Metro Council Hearing

Thursday, March 17, 2020
6:30 PM
at
Historic Metro Courthouse
1 Public Square
Council Chamber 
Nashville, TN 37201

Parking: There is underground parking at the Public Square Garageat the corner of James Robertson Parkway and 3rd Avenue South. (This facility is part of the Historic Metro Courthouse complex and has two entrances: off James Robertson Parkway and off Gay Street.) Located at 101 James Robertson ParkwayYour parking will be FREE — grab a validation card at the Council meeting.

If you can’t be there by 6:30 PM, that’s okay! Please just come as soon as you’re able.

START BY SENDING AN EMAIL

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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