TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — The talk over short-term trip leases on Tybee Island may very well be coming to an finish quickly. It’s been greater than a yr because the metropolis put a freeze on new permits for short-term leases.

Later this week, town council will focus on a proposed ordinance with new guidelines for property house owners.

The moratorium was enforce in August 2021 and was meant to final simply 90 days. But it surely’s now set to run out on the finish of October, after a 3rd extension.

On Thursday, metropolis council is holding a public listening to to debate a proposed ordinance for short-term leases earlier than formally voting on it.

Tybee metropolis leaders say short-term trip leases make up greater than 40% of complete properties on the island. The moratorium on new permits was first put into place so town might take a look at points like parking and infrastructure calls for.

Greater than a yr later, Mayor Shirley Classes stated she’s prepared to complete debating the difficulty and give attention to different metropolis enterprise.

“Hopefully the council will agree on the ordinance that will probably be one thing everybody will be capable of dwell with,” Classes stated. “I actually don’t suppose by any means it will likely be one thing that everyone agrees on and needs.”

It’s a problem some residents say has created pressure in the neighborhood. The ordinance features a proposal to ban new permits for rental properties that don’t have already got on in three residential zones, considered one of which encompasses a big portion of the south finish.

“In case you had been unable to get it earlier than the moratorium occurred otherwise you’re constructing a house or purchased lots to construct on, that is going to have an effect on you since you’re not going to have the ability to get a rental license and that may very well be fairly devastating as properties are promoting sooner or later if there’s no rental historical past on that property,” stated Jenny Rutherford, Dealer & Proprietor of Jenny Rutherford Actual Property.

The ordinance incorporates numerous different proposals:

  • properties can be required to have one parking house per bed room plus another, with no parking allowed on the grass
  • if a short-term rental in R-1, R-1-B and R-2 zones fails to conduct quick time period leases (lower than 30 days every), no less than 90 days of rental at full market worth inside a 12 month interval, it could be presumed deserted and never licensed to be used

Rental house owners themselves say any change to the foundations, huge or small, will probably be felt.

“We’re going to see a extremely profound impression on leases within the close to future as a result of because the variety of leases decline, there would definitely be a rise on the worth of leases that stay and exist,” stated Joel Clackum/Owns trip rental.

Classes stated re-writing the foundations for short-term leases stemmed from complaints about noise and overcrowding and the purpose is to enhance high quality of life.

“We simply need folks to know that it is a residential group and we’d ask that folks be respectful of that and would actually love for folks to dwell right here full time,” Classes stated.

Thursday’s public listening to for the ordinance is scheduled for six:30 p.m. on the public security constructing on 78 Ban Horne Ave. Metropolis council will formally vote on the ordinance on October 13.

To learn the proposed amendments that will probably be mentioned, click on or faucet right here.

The ordinance primarily addresses rental properties in R-1, R-1-B and R-2 zones. To view a zoning map of the island, click on or faucet right here.