Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Providence Utah Zoning Commission Wrestles with Vacation Rental Issues


“We have a lot of home businesses in Providence and that’s why people want to move here,” said Skarlet Bankhead, the city administrator. Most at-home business owners live on their property but this situation is different, she said.

“We need to be cautious because what we will be allowing is an informal lodging house,” Bankhead said.

Bed & Breakfasts are allowed in Residential Areas in this Utah college town, but city officials aren't sure how to make the same arrangements for vacation rental homes.  

The city is looking for a solution that is fair for everyone involved, but city officials state that they are worried about making residential zones "transient areas", in spite of the fact that having transient guest in B&Bs has not been a problem.  The city cites concerns about "large family reunions."

Meanwhile local property owners like Brandan Hadlock are trying to figure out how to rent their property out on a short term basis.  “So many people are unemployed, and opportunities like this should be made possible for people to maximize the value of their assets" said Hadlock.  He feels he should be able to do what he wants with his property.

The zoning commission meets on September 26th to discuss this.

See a related article here.

Doug Coates

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