Post by High Priestess on Jan 14, 2017 16:33:02 GMT
On august 8th, 2016 the Bozeman City Commission adopted Ordinance 1958 which temporarily removing extended stay lodgings as a conditional use in many zoning districts. That means the city will not issue any new permits for extended stay lodgings in these zones.
There wasn't an empty seat in the room for tonight’s public meeting about short term rentals. Assistant City Manager Chuck Winn explained exactly what districts are affected by City Ordinance 1958. Winn says, "R1 Is primarily single family dwellings, R2 is single family and some multi-family dwellings, RS is more of a suburban zoning district and the historical mixed use district are the HMUs." The reason why these districts are affected is because short-term rentals are considered a conditional use. According to Winn this ordinance is just a pause until they can have conversations with the public. "So right now in those zoning districts a short term rental is a conditional use. So conditional use means that it's allowed but it has to meet a set of conditions. What the ordinance did was it removed short term rentals as a conditional use temporarily in those zoning districts," says Winn. After looking online at VRBO I was able to contact a short term rental home owner and get a tour of the house. Meagan Bishop says it's her main source of income and short term rentals are a need in Bozema