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.