Clayton to revisit short-term rental ordinance

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Short-term rentals revisited

CLAYTON— The city of Clayton will hold a public hearing for the short-term rental ordinance on Tuesday, Feb.18 at 3:30 p.m., council members announced at the city work session Tuesday.

In January, council members revived the short-term rental ordinance that failed to pass last year for another vote with the new city council.

After questions were raised about whether it would be legal to bring the same ordinance back up for another vote, Mitch Baker, city attorney, clarified at a January 23 meeting that the same ordinance could in fact be brought forth for another vote.

“There’s nothing in our ordinance that says it can’t be brought back up again,” Baker said at the meeting.

The city council voted 3-2 in a November 2019 meeting to table the first reading of a proposed ordinance until concerns from owners of property in R-1 were addressed.

Debate arose about whether to allow Airbnb’s and other vacation rentals in R-1 zones, which are strictly residential neighborhoods.

Council member Woody Blalock had previously expressed concerns about property ownership rights not being protected because of stricter regulations, and council member Ara Joyce said that this needed to be resolved because real estate agents needed to be able to answer questions their clients had about buying real estate in R-1 district.

This February hearing is one of a few the city of Clayton will have to hold before council members can vote on the matter.

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