First appeal of short term rental denial rejected by P&Z

The Webb City Planning and Zoning Commission, while meeting Monday, advanced two rezoning requests to the City Council and denied the appeal of a short term rental decision.

Cassa OCull, 1811 Boyer Place, was appealing an administrative denial of his application for a special use permit to use part of his house as a short-term rental. It was the first such appeal to be heard by P&Z.

Under the short-term rental amendment to the municipal code, which was approved in October, applications are approved or denied by the city building commissioner. If 50 percent of the neighbors object to the application, it is automatically denied. However, applicants have the option to appeal the building commissioner’s decision.

One neighbor appeared as a representative of others opposed to OCull’s application. 

While others were present in favor of it. In fact, one neighbor said he didn’t even notice OCull had been using his house as a short-term rental (without authorization).

The commission voted unanimously to reject OCull’s appeal.

Short term rentals don’t require a permit in commercial zones

A representative of Apple Healthcare returned before the commissioner to request that 28 S. Webb St. be rezoned from single-family residential (R-1) to commercial (C-2).

The City Council on Oct. 24 approved a special use permit for outdoor wedding events behind the house.

Changing the zone will allow overnight guests in the historic house.

The rezoning request was advanced for council approval.

More commercial – rather than industrial – space sought near the roundabout

The commission also advanced a request by Amiel Overman to rezone several acres east of the Sleep Inn and Flat Creek restaurant sites from industrial to commercial.

Overman is purchasing an easement from the city so the tracts aren’t land locked.

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