In the Summer of 2017, staff began looking at the issue of short-term rentals in Independence. A working group of staff from multiple departments was formed. This working group discussed issues with short-term rentals and why their departments have an interest in regulating their use.
In March 2018, staff presented an outline of the working group's research to the City Council at a Study Session. Since that Study Session, and with the feedback received from the City Council, staff has spent the last five months discussing a possible ordinance relating to short term rentals with the staff working group, Hotel/Motel Alliance, and a group of Independence bed and breakfast operators. Based on the feedback from all of those groups, short term rental regulations have been drafted by staff.
A draft copy of the proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) change has been included as an attachment. Any UDO change would be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council.