The New Bern Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing in which the aim is to control the proliferation of Airbnb-type operations from occurring in residential districts.

 At their Oct. 22, 2019 meeting, the Board of Aldermen established the Short-Term Rental Committee to develop an ordinance regulating Short-Term Rentals. The committee conducted bi-monthly meetings between between December and March to create a draft ordinance for aldermen to consider.

The issue came to a head when a homeowner on Metcalf Street attempted to turn his home into an Airbnb over the objections of neighbors.

Members o f the committee were Anne Schout, who served as chair of the committee, and Raymond Layton, Don Black, Sonny Aluzzo, Alderman Sabrina Bengel, Alderman Johnnie R. Kinsey, Alderman Jeffrey Odham, Nancy Stallings, Lori Ann Prill, and Nancy Hollows.

The proposed language updates previous language covering bed and breakfasts in New Bern, differentiates the difference between short-term rentals and bed and breakfast inns, establishes parking requirements, prevents proliferation of short-term rentals in neighborhoods by requiring 250 feet distance to the nearest short-term rental, and adds a matrix delineating where they can operate in the city. Full bed and breakfast establishments would only be permitted in commercial districts.

The aldermen’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11 on the second floor of City Hall at the corner of Craven and Pollock streets.

It is a public hearing, and members from the public will be given time to express their opinions.

 

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  1. Can we have a disclosure of which Aldermen / women have a financial interest in Bed and Breakfasts or hotels? I ask because this seems driven by the desire of an industry to protect profits. If there are any financial ties those members need to recuse themselves from the decision

    Disclosure: I do not own a short term rental but have used one and have one next to me.

    What we need to considered is the the short term rental industry is a significant addition to the local economy. Some of these reasons are as follows:

    1. A short term rental can be a more reasonably priced option. People who might not travel here or may not stay as long due to budgetary constraints will both travel here and stay longer.

    2. More of the money from a short term rental typically stays local. Those dollars that would go to a hotel corporation instead are in the local economy.

    3. Many short term rentals allow pets so owners can travel without the concern or expense of taking care of pets at home. Again, more dollars spent here.

    4. Short term rentals allow the average homeowners to profit off of their greatest asset.

    Limiting short term rentals is nothing short of a regulation attempt by the Hotel and BnB owners to mandate potential tourism dollars go to them and limit their competition.

    Actions such as these have been, and always will be, against the American ideal of a free market society. THESE kind of activities, limiting your average person means to profit and methods to profit are what contribute to the feeling of the system being rigged against the “little guy”. Over regulation such as this only further increases wealth disparity.

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