The City continues to engage in extensive discussions regarding the multifaceted challenges posed by our community's housing crisis, encompassing both availability and affordability. Recognizing that no singular action can serve as a comprehensive solution, it was acknowledged last year that the Planning Commission's jurisdiction primarily extends to land use, influencing availability and, in turn, potentially addressing affordability through supply and demand dynamics.
Most recently, the Planning Commission has concentrated its efforts on zoning reform within the R-1, R-2, and R-3 districts to address housing concerns. Concurrently, the City Commission has been focusing on affordability by implementing Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTS), adopting a new PILOT ordinance uncoupled from the required Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), and exploring City properties suitable for affordable housing. Anticipating further initiatives enabled by state legislative efforts, the City aims to enhance affordability while also indirectly impacting housing availability.
When assessing housing availability, the Planning Commission has explored the possibility of introducing limitations on short-term rentals in districts currently lacking such restrictions. While successful recommendations have been applied to the C-1, C-2, and D-2 districts, several other districts still permit 100% of dwellings for such use. In their meeting on January 17, 2024, the Planning Commission deliberated on establishing a diverse committee and conducting a joint meeting with the City Commission. The aim is to delve deeper into the prospect of implementing a cap on the percentage of dwellings allowed for short-term rentals within a building.
Following is a list of districts and the percent of dwellings in a building that may be used for the short term rental purpose: