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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Orleans City Council to request short-term rental study

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM

click to enlarge A crowd gathered outside a meeting hosted by a short-term rental opposition group on Aug. 6. - KEVIN ALLMAN
  • A crowd gathered outside a meeting hosted by a short-term rental opposition group on Aug. 6.

New Orleans City Council members Stacy Head and Nadine Ramsey want to task the city with studying current and new rules for short-term rentals. The council members plan to introduce a motion at the council's Community Development Committee tomorrow asking the City Planning Commission (CPC) to look into regulations for short-term rentals (aka Airbnb-type rental units) within the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance "from a land-use perspective, in light of municipal regulatory schemes recently enacted by local government entities around the United States."

According to the motion, the CPC will be asked to consider whether the current definition of "short-term rentals" should be amended in the CZO, as well as limitations for sizes, number of rooms and units for short-term rentals — and whether to even allow them, make them conditional use or a permitted use. The City Council plans to implement "permitting and enforcement" rules to work with the land-use regulation of short-term rentals, and ensure "comprehensive regulation" of short-term rentals consistent with the CZO.

After its passage, the CPC will have 60 days to hold a public meeting, and it must complete its study and send its report to the City Council within 120 days.

The Community Development Meeting meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. The full City Council is expected to pass the motion at its meeting Thursday, Aug. 20.

Read the motion here:

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