Public Meetings are scheduled on State Mandate to regulate short-term rentals

Public Meetings are scheduled on State Mandate to regulate short-term rentals

Special to the Las Vegas Tribune

A town hall meeting and a public workshop have been scheduled to gather public input on a state law that requires Clark County to allow short-term rentals such as Airbnb and VRBO. Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom will be joined by Nevada Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen, author of the legislation mandating the change effective July 1, at a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. County staff also will be on hand. To participate, visit https://bit.ly/3rOhkw8 to log on. The webinar password is amAxAcN3W77 (26292263 from one’s phone). To join by phone, one should call 1-408-418-9388 and use the access code 249 406 74042. One also may watch the meeting live at www.Facebook.com/ClarkCountyNV, www.Twitter.com/ClarkCountyNV and www.Twitch.tv/ClarkCountyNV.

Commissioner Justin Jones will host a short-term rentals public workshop on Thursday, March 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Rd. There may be additional public meetings as well. These come on the heels of a survey of residents that garnered 5,811 responses.

Short-term rentals are currently illegal in unincorporated Clark County. However, the passage of Assembly Bill 363 by the 2021 Nevada Legislature requires the County to enact an ordinance regulating short-term rentals by July 1. The first step in that transition was the survey, followed by town hall meetings. Staff will then develop an ordinance to regulate short-term rentals for presentation to the Clark County Commission. AB363 establishes some of these limits as part of the mandate, including minimum distance separation between short-term rentals, proximity to resort hotels, limits on the number of occupants and number of permits a person may hold. “Many people feel strongly about short-term rentals, both pro and con,” said Commissioner Segerblom. “AB 363 puts some limitations on short-term rentals. The question for the County is, how much further should we go in placing restrictions on them. Residential quality of life must be the priority.”

Commissioner Jones agreed. “Short-term rentals have been illegal in unincorporated Clark County. That all changes on July 1st, when we must have an ordinance in place regulating them. It’s important for us to receive public feedback so that we have a good understanding of how far residents want us to go in regulating them.” Because of the potential impact of short-term rentals on neighborhood quality of life, officials say it is important for residents to provide input. One way to provide input is to submit an email at STRComment@ClarkCountyNV.gov. There may be additional ways to provide input in the months ahead. If you are interested in receiving updates about the County’s implementation of AB 363, you may subscribe to updates at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/subscribe.

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