Avondale Estates City Commission to continue discussions on short-term rentals, Airbnbs – Decaturish

Avondale Estates, Georgia — The Avondale Estates City Commission will meet Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. for a regular meeting and business session. The municipal commission meeting will be held via Zoom.

To join the meeting via Zoom, click here. The webinar ID is 898 5751 9608.

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During the business session, the council will continue discussions on residential remediation fees, as well as Airbnbs and other short-term rentals. The City Commission began discussing short-term rentals during the March 23 business session to clarify rules regarding short-term rentals in the city and to consider whether council wants to change the city’s zoning code. .

The Avondale Estates City Commission updated its zoning code in 2021. Prior to the rewrite of the zoning code, residents were not allowed to rent any part of their property for any length of time. Under the new zoning code, short-term rentals are limited as follows:

– Short-term rentals of less than 30 days for secondary accommodation are prohibited.

– Short term whole house rentals are also not permitted.

– But with a Conditional Use Permit and Business License, owners who use their home as their primary residence, are on-site, and serve a meal can rent space in that home for shorter periods and operate as a room of hosts.

To qualify for the Conditional Use Permit and Business License, the owner would need to be on hand to rent their space.

There is a distinction to be made. If a secondary suite does not have a separate kitchen, it may be considered a candidate for short-term rental. But if an ADU has a separate kitchen, it can be rented for 30 days or more, but not less than 30 days.

During the regular meeting, the City Commission will consider approving an agreement with Lord Aeck Sargent for on-call design services for the City. The LAS would assist the city in ongoing planning of downtown and historic districts from a physical design and urban planning perspective.

Potential tasks would include:

–Examining development concepts proposed by others in the downtown and historic districts

– Analyze the existing and prevailing setback conditions on the corner lots of the historic district

– Completion of a study on the North Avondale/Covington Highway corridor

The agreement would not include design services beyond volume-level design or architectural renderings. The agreement is for an amount not exceeding $22,000 and will end in August.

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Michael J. Chiaramonte