Update from City of Savannah Tourism Office on Short Term Residential Rentals • September 10, 2014 via email to DNA Vice President this evening:
The number of short-term residential rentals, commonly referred to as vacation rentals, has grown within our community. The City of Savannah will be proposing regulations to better manage this use during the Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2:00PM, City Council Chambers of City Hall.
The proposal includes a zoning text amendment defining short-term residential rentals, designating permitted zoning districts as well as establishing parking and occupancy standards. A companion ordinance is also part of the regulation and will require property owners to obtain a short-term residential certificate ensuring guidelines are in place to protect our neighborhoods and provide fairness within the industry.
The Council agenda for September 18 will be posted on the City's website by Friday afternoon and will include a public hearing and first reading on the proposal. It is anticipated that the October 2 Council meeting will have a second reading and Council vote.
Attached is a copy of the report from MPC pertaining to the zoning text amendment along with the proposed ordinance. [Go here to view/download http://www.savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=1476] Please note, modifications were made to the ordinance based on State Code [O.C.G.A. 36-35-6] which prohibits fines for ordinance violations in excess of $1,000. These changes will assist with enforcement and provide the same penalties for lodging accommodation not in compliance with tax requirements.
IMPORTANT IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION TO SHARE:
A drop in session has been scheduled for Friday, September 12, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Sub-basement of City Hall for individuals to meet with City staff on the short-term residential rental proposal.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association encourages downtown resident attendance at the City Council Meeting and Public Hearing on September 18th at 2 p.m. as well as this Friday's special drop in session from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Apologies for the short notice, but DNA was only notified of this opportunity this evening.)
Here are the various documents or go to: http://savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=1476
MPC Reccomendation: http://savannahga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4516
Proposed ordinance outlining short-term residential rental certificate requirements & regulations http://www.savannahga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4303
Proposed example of owner/occupant agreement to address quality of life concerns http://savannahga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4302
Proposed code compliance verification form http://www.savannahga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4301
If you are unable to attend, email City Council. Contact information may be found here: http://savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=390