I live in the Zilker neighborhood and started a petition to urge the Austin City Council and Mayor to vote against the proposed Commercial Short-Term Rentals (CSTRs) Ordinance. The City Council still has to vote two more times to approve the ordinance before it can go into effect so we still have time to convince the Council Members to vote against CSTR's in residential neighborhoods.
Steve McGuire, Second Vice-President of the Zilker Neighborhood Association (ZNA), sent a link to the petition to the ZNA mail group last night and asked them to sign it.
Here's a link to the petition:
Please sign the petition and send the link to your neighborhood association members.
Thank you for your support!
PS Here is the content of the email that Steve McGuire sent to the ZNA members last night:
Commercial short-term rentals are spreading throughout the inner-city of Austin faster than you can say 'unregulated, unsupervised lodging business in a residential neighborhood'. Council Member Riley and his allies on the City Council are willing to give 3% or more of the city's housing stock to HomeAway and a group of real estate investors to further their selfish, financial interests. What impact will this have on inner-city schools and housing affordability? It's time for you to decide. I am not talking about owner-occupants renting their property short-term. I'm talking about motel-like businesses being operated in neighborhoods without onsite management and commercial measure required of real hotels and motels. According to a recent audit, 78704 already has 3% of its housing stock being used as CSTRs and the City Council has nothing in place to provide any type of enforcement to prevent an escalation of this trend. CM Morrison and Tovo vehemently
objected to the introduction of this measure last Thursday. The city's Planning and Development Review Department has worked as a surrogate of HomeAway and has actively suppressed enforcement against CSTRs since 2010. It's time to act. Please sign the petition that follows below before the City Council rewites our residential zoning to suit the financial interests of HomeAway, which has spent a small fortune lobbying our city government, and a group of real estate investors.