Two New STR Bills: -186 and -187

UPDATED 7/9/20: Substitute Bill BL2020-187 passed third reading at Metro Council on July 7, 2020 with an amendment that would still require public hearings for future STR legislation.

UPDATED 6/9/20: Substitute Bill BL2020-187 passed public hearing (second reading) at Metro Council on June 9, 2020 with an amendment that would still require public hearings for future STR legislation. Scheduled for third reading on July 7, 2020.


This bill aims to create an STR Appeals Board, moving short term rental-related appeals away from the BZA (Board of Zoning Appeals). In order to accomplish this, the regulations regarding STRs would need to be relocated from Title 17 (Zoning) to Title 6 (Business Licenses and Regulations) within the Metropolitan Code.

This change, however, also means that future STR regulatory changes and legislation would no longer require public hearings at Metro Council. Seeing as this is the 34th short-term rental bill introduced since 2014, the possibility of future STR regulations being passed without allowing for constituents to voice their support or opposition is very concerning. When approached with this concern, the bill’s sponsor, Councilmember Pulley, stated that he plans to add an amendment which would make public hearings mandatory. However, the legality of an amendment being able to guarantee that public hearings will occur is questionable.

As it stands now, we do not support this bill. Some concerns worth raising with Council:

  • What will the change to a new STR appeals board achieve?
  • How will the board be appointed?
  • How will this change impact the appeals process for hosts?
  • Is an amendment legally sufficient to guarantee public hearings on future STR legislation?
  • Has Metro Legal Counsel confirmed that an amendment will still ensure public hearings despite the relocation of the regulations in the Metropolitan Code?

ORIGINAL POST:

At the Metro Council meeting on Tuesday (February 18, 2020), two new short-term rental bills were introduced. 

  • Bill BL2020-186 is regarding the hotel occupancy privilege tax; it outlines the funds the taxes should be allocated towards.
    • This bill will be back at Metro Council for a public hearing (second reading) on March 5, 2020. (UPDATE: Passed on second reading.)
    • UPDATE: This bill passed on third reading on April 8, 2020.
  • Bill BL2020-187 introduces a new Short Term Rentals Appeals board, moving those proceedings away from the BZA (Board of Zoning Appeals).
    • This bill has been referred to Planning Commission. As of now, the date of the public hearing at Planning Commission has not been set.
    • This bill is scheduled to be back at Metro Council for a public hearing (second reading) on April 7, 2020.

We will update this page as we know more.

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