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New Chattanooga Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:48 pm
by Nick Della Volpe
The Chattanooga Council has just recently passed a new Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance (11-470 et. Seq., still awaiting formal signature). The approach finally hit upon, after months of negotiation and debate, is to define/map a physical area where such activity is allowed--done by their Planning Commission.
Looks like downtown and area around Moccassin Bend of the river and possibly the shopping area off I-24 before you reach downtown.
Worth studying this approach further.
Note: Map has thus far not uploaded to our user-challenged forum/website

Re: New Chattanooga Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:53 pm
by Nick Della Volpe
Here is the map of the new district. See attachment below.

Re: New Chattanooga Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:51 pm
by Nick Della Volpe
We need to find out how their MPC drew the lines they chose for the district. This has the potential to start off on the right foot in Knoxville. Baby steps rather than total immersion.
Picture a drawn STR district that welcomes such uses in tourist-rich areas like downtown and UT, and includes nearby neighborhood areas that have thus far welcomed STRs, like 4th and Gill, Old North, Parkridge, or Ft Sanders--just for sake of argument here. By contrast, neighborhood's that oppose this activity could be left out (e.g., Sequoyah, West Hills, etc) without relying solely on zoning classifications to make a decision.
Obviously, there would need to be periodic review and revamping of the district area (as well as provision for STRs in multi-family areas) but it might provide the kind of fine-tuned starting point to engage in this changing environment.
Chattanooga also seems to authorize an appeal process to challenge permits where such use might be undesirable to neighbors.
Anyway, it is something to think about in the upcoming workshops.....