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Council voted 4-3 passing a first reading of the changes to code allowing short-term rentals without a homeowner at the residence in several areas of the city.
A busy night for Wilmington city leaders in their only meeting set for the month of July.
City leaders had a lengthy public hearing on the issue of short term rentals. They passed new rules that take away short term rentals in residential areas if a homeowner is not present.
New Hanover County commissioners are hoping to have a new plan in place this summer to make it easier to collect occupancy taxes from people who rent their homes for short terms.
Hot topics at the city planning commission heard Monday night surrounded zoning laws specifically for seventy five foot tall buildings and the long awaited new rules for short term rentals.
Short-term rentals like those offered on Airbnb have been a hot topic across the Port City for several years now. Many people oppose them, but just as many support them.
After two years of debate, the city of Wilmington is closing in on rules for short-term rentals.
"It's like the wild, wild west, and we're just trying to rein it in."
Wilmington City planners presented new public input to City Council members this morning about future policy for short term rentals.
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