Ivins Town Council refrains from appeal on short-term rentals – St George News

IVINS — The issue of short-term rentals will have to go through Ivins City Council at least once more after council members voted unanimously on Thursday night to continue a discussion on additional licensing for rental operators in short term until its next meeting.

A proposed amendment to Chapter 16 of the city’s zoning ordinance regarding short-term rentals was an item on the agenda, which will be held with a public hearing and discussion and possible action by council.

As previously reported in St. George News, the meeting at Ivins Town Hall two weeks ago saw many citizens express strong feelings about short-term rentals and how much (or little) the city ​​should regulate them.

The Planning Commission has previously recommended the proposed change to council.

Thursday night, St. George News had 15 citizens in attendance at the city council meeting and none of them spoke at the public hearing on the issue.

Ivins City Council hears comments during a public hearing, Ivins, Utah, September 15, 2022 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

During the board discussion, members expressed the general view that more time was needed to understand all the fine details related to short-term rentals and how the proposed amendment would solve the problems at Ivins.

Specific to the last two discussions the council has had, the use of an overlay in commercial resort areas is a practice the council is considering to eventually create more short-term rentals away from residential areas. The proposed amendment clarifies how these overlays would work for future developments and would increase the licensing requirements for these rentals to make them similar to bed and breakfast licensing.

“Those are things on the road that aren’t in front of us tonight,” council member Lance Anderson said. “I think we still have some cleaning to do.”

Thursday night’s other public hearing concerned the Planning Commission’s recommendation that council update the city’s general plan for a low-income housing plan.

No one from the public spoke on this point either and the council continued its discussion until the next meeting.

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