Public meeting to discuss vacation rentals in Glenwood set for Jan. 16 | PostIndependent.com

Public meeting to discuss vacation rentals in Glenwood set for Jan. 16

Preliminary results from a city survey indicate that a majority of residents in Glenwood Springs do support the allowance of vacation rentals by residential property owners in some form or fashion.

Late last year, council implemented a moratorium on vacation rentals. And, while the city has not issued any new permits since that time, what to do about short-term and accessory tourist rentals has been met with opinions from Glenwood to Michigan.

The city will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Glenwood Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, to present survey results and to offer residents an additional opportunity to give further input.

The meeting will also showcase other communities’ efforts to control vacation rentals and limit their impacts.

“Eighty-one percent of respondents believe that a permit should be required to operate a vacation rental. From there, answers to how vacation rentals should be regulated are not as clear in one direction or another.”—Hannah Klausman, Glenwood Community Development Planner II

According to Glenwood Community Development Planner II Hannah Klausman, as of Tuesday morning, 439 people had taken the survey. Preliminary results indicated that 68 percent of respondents support allowing vacation rentals in Glenwood Springs.

“Eighty-one percent of respondents believe that a permit should be required to operate a vacation rental,” Klausman stated. “From there, answers to how vacation rentals should be regulated are not as clear in one direction or another, and staff aims to further clarify those results at the meeting.”

Those still wishing to take the survey ahead of the community meeting can do so via the city’s website (www.ci.glenwood- springs.co.us).

According to Klausman, the survey will remain open for additional responses until Feb. 15.

“Staff will analyze the public response from the meeting, along with survey results to present at the Feb. 26 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting,” Klausman said.

“The Planning and Zoning Commission will review the information in order to make recommendations to City Council on possible changes, or not, to the current program regulations.”

Prior to the moratorium, in order to obtain a permit, one had to pay a one-time fee of $110.

“City Council is tentatively scheduled to review P&Z’s recommendation, and information gathered by staff during the moratorium, at its March 21 meeting,” Klausman said.

mabennett@postindependent.com


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