Reminder: Share Your Thoughts on Online Home Rentals In Person or at Virtual Town Hall

Committee Hearing to be Held Wednesday at 6 p.m.; Online Forum Also Available

Monday, September 12, 2016

​What do you think about short-term online home rentals like those promoted on Airbnb and similar sites? Residents and property owners have two opportunities to share their thoughts.

A City Council-appointed committee studying possible recommendations to the state legislature will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. in the City Council chamber at City Hall, 2401 Courthouse Drive. 

Residents can also share their thoughts online at a city-sponsored forum called Virtual Town Hall at www.vbgov.com/virtualtownhall

The City Council appointed a committee last month to study the issue. The committee met on Sept. 7 and will meet again Wednesday to hear public comments and discuss the issue. The committee will hold its final meeting and endorse recommendations Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St.​ the  City Council chamber in City Hall, 2401 Courthouse Drive.

The committee is tentatively scheduled to present its recommendations to the City Council on Oct. 4. The council is tentatively scheduled to hear public comments on the issue and vote on the recommendations Oct. 18. 

The City Council is concerned about how rentals affect residential neighborhoods – especially with increased traffic, parking and noise. The council also wants to ensure that visitors who rent homes, apartments or rooms are safe, and that owners who rent their homes or rooms pay the appropriate taxes.

The council has received several briefings on the issue. To watch videos of those briefings and to read the presentations and related documents, visit a special topic page here.

For more information, contact Assistant to the City Manager Robert Matthias at 385-4242.

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