Stanly commissioners set parameters for new short-term rentals with ordinance

Published 11:03 am Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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Short-term rentals have new parameters in Stanly County per a zoning ordinance amendment passed at Monday’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners.

Stanly Planning Director Bob Remsburg made the presentation at the meeting.

Previously, short-term rentals (STRs) such as those made on computer apps like AirBnB, Vrbo and others, were only previously allowed in the R10 zoning district.

Remsburg said most STRs now happen in the R/A and R20 districts, and the ordinance needed to be updated. He said the new ordinance needed to limit the number of transient guests based on the number of bedrooms, as well as clarifying the maximum length of a stay.

North Carolina General Statute 160D-1207 restricted local boards from requiring registration, such as a license, but allowed boards to address restrictions on STRs with land-use ordinances.

“You had good suggestions and clarifications,” Remsburg said to the board.

New STRs will need to register one time through the county office in much the same way a business from a person’s home would be.

Commissioner Zack Almond moved for approval of the amendment, seconded by Commissioner Peter Asciutto, which passed unanimously.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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