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Columbia Commission to discuss survey results on proposed changes to short-term rentals


On Thursday, Columbia's Planning and Zoning Commission is set to discuss survey results on proposed changes to short-term rentals.

This issue has been up for debate between city leaders since 2018 and commissioners have been working to prepare a final draft of proposed regulations since September. 

In Columbia, there are currently about 370 active short-term rentals in the city. 

Proposed changes would require extra licensing and would restrict where short-term rentals can be located. 

Other proposed standards for all short-term rentals include:

Standards for short-term rentals:

  • Registration
  • Proof of ownership
  • Maximum occupancy
  • Parking requirements
  • Certificate of appliance

However, not everyone supports the commission's draft for changes. The findings from a recent survey show the commission believes there is a need to re-examine the proposed changes and identify opportunities to prevent conflict. The commission is also concerned that any public hearings could result in frustrated rental homeowners who may take their concerns to the council. 

That in turn may cause more significant changes to the proposed regulations than necessary.

On the other hand, a survey showed 63% of local residents don't support the idea of limitations on where short-term rentals can be located. 

60% say they do not support limitations on the number of short-term rental licenses a property owner or authorized tenant can obtain.

Thursday's meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Columbia City Hall.

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