Proposed regs

Clarkston Planning Commission voted unanimously, Feb. 3, to forward a list of proposed regulations of short-term home rentals in the city to City Council.
The proposed regulations of short-term rentals, such as AirBNB, include annual registration to obtain annual permits; all advertisements must contain the permit registration number; $150 annual fee; host must reside in the city and can only establish one permitted property in the city; guests limited to two times the number of bedrooms, such as six guests in a house with three bedrooms; building department safety inspection; limited to 90 rental nights per year, minimum stay two nights; not located within 2,000 feet of another approved short-term rental property; and those who do not adhere to the regulations subject to loss of city permit.
The Planning Commission discussed the issue on Dec. 2, and requested input from City Council as to whether city ordinances should regulate or ban short term rentals. City Council referred it back to the planners, asking for a recommended list of regulations to control short-term rentals.
The list will be submitted to City Council for inclusion in their Feb. 10 meeting agenda at city hall.

One Response to "Proposed regs"

  1. Cory Johnston   February 6, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    So many questions, so little information.
    Where did these regulations come from? How and why do they apply to the Village of Clarkston?
    How was the fee established, does the fee apply to the annual inspection or is it free? If not, is that another fee and exactly what is being insepected?
    Is the 2000 feet as the crow flies, walking or driving?
    Since the city is less than 2000 feet wide at the south, a little over 2000 feet at the north, and about a mile long, does that mean there can only be two or three?
    What about the four that are known to exist, one by court order after a lengthy legal battle?
    Is this retroactive or only for new? Zoning changes cannot be retroactive so how will this be applied?
    How does the city know how many bedrooms, how many people, or how many nights a room is being used and for how long?
    What happens if you lose your permit? Nobody has one now so why does it matter if you have one?
    Is there a known problem that this somehow addresses?


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