Westminster poll testing short-term rental rules

Staff Report
Posted 4/3/19

On online survey will help Westminster officials gauge the public’s opinions about regulating Airbnb and other short-term rentals. The city has posted the questionnaire at …

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Westminster poll testing short-term rental rules

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On online survey will help Westminster officials gauge the public’s opinions about regulating Airbnb and other short-term rentals.

The city has posted the questionnaire at www.cityofwestminster.us/Government/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/Short-TermRentals, a link off of its website. The 13-question survey asks residents if the city should regulate short term rentals and possibly ban them all together and asks what potential impact concern residents the most — including parking, trash and noise issues.

Westminster is one of several Front Range communities looking at regulating this kind of rental housing. Northglenn City Councilors are scheduled to vote on regulating rentals at their April 8 meeting and both Broomfield and Lakewood have adopted new rules.

According to the city’s website, short-term rentals are defined as leasing all or a portion of a property for less than 30 days. These rentals are generally listed on accommodation services and websites, like Airbnb.com or HomeAway.com.

City staff will be preparing research and recommendations on potential short-term rental regulations to present to the city’s Planning Commission and City Council this summer.

The survey takes an average of three minutes to complete.

Residents can also provide feedback directly to Operations and Community Preservation Manager Aric Otzelberger at aotzelbe@cityofwestminster.us or by calling 303 658-2122.

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