Public hearing held on proposed short-term rental ordinance

Public hearing held on proposed short-term rental ordinance
Posted at 11:06 PM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2018-06-19 15:01:03-04

Waco is one step closer to streamlining short-term rentals as more open up with more tourists coming in.

Waco Planning Director Clint Peters presented a draft of proposed changes to the zoning and licensing ordinance Monday night.

Property owners and neighbors had a chance to comment and ask questions before the plan goes forward.

Peters and short-term rental owner, Aaron Zimmerman, said it is a much needed change because they have gotten more than 50 applications over the past year for short-term rentals.

"It's a comprehensive ordinance dealing with short-term rentals, a license process and a process to keep neighborhoods protected from possible problems that could arise with short term rentals," Peters said.

"This isn't going to be free for all, Wild West kind of anybody staying in these properties," Zimmerman said. "It looks like they really thought through it well."

Peters said the proposal would require those wanting to have a short-term rental to get a license after meeting certain requirements.

Peters said the proposal now goes to the Waco Plan Commission on June 27 and the Waco City Council on July 18. He hopes the city council will approve it on Aug. 1.

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