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Short-term rentals allowed in Avon

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – It’s official: short-term rentals will be allowed in downtown Avon, Colorado.

The Town Council approved those rentals Tuesday night after hours of debate and public comment.

The change will not apply to areas north of Interstate 70 or so-called “planned unit developments” such as Wildridge.

The council voted 4-2 to approve a zoning overlay allowing the short-term rentals. Brian Sipes and Richard Carroll cast the “no” votes, saying they were leaning toward a case-by-case approval process for short-term rentals. Previously, renting out homes for 30 days or fewer was forbidden in town.

Avon, Colorado, resident Judy Neuharth, who rents out her home on weekends to cover her mortgage, has said she would lose her home if she could not rent it out on a short-term basis. She applauded the council’s decision.

“I’m psyched,” she said. “I can see that I can keep it (my home). Really I bought it as an investment in the first place.”

A recurring debate focused on whether short-term renters cause noise and parking troubles.

One resident said allowing short-term rentals could attract party types such as fraternity brothers, but several other people argued short-term renters tend to be family types who spend money at local shops and restaurants.

Councilwoman Kristi Ferraro argued that short-term renters are no more likely than other residents to cause problems. She said a lot of people are already renting out their homes short term and would continue to do so even if the council didn’t approve the change – in the same way people drank during Prohibition.

“I think it’s a right people think they should have,” she said.

In a number of neighborhoods, short-term rentals remain forbidden. They include planned unit developments where customized laws do not allow short-term rentals. Those developments include Wildridge, Eaglewood, Brookside Park, Westgate, Nottingham Station, Eaglebend, Grandview, Buck Creek and Stonebridge, said Matt Gennett, town planning manager.

In those neighborhoods, an amendment to those customized laws would be required to allow short-term rentals.

Tyson Kennedy, a property owner in Stonebridge, said she applied for an amendment allowing short-term rentals in her complex.

“This was not as hard as I thought,” she said. “I have to be honest – I thought this would be Mount Everest, and it’s not.”

To get approval for short-term rentals in a planned unit development, a property owner there must apply for the change, Gennett said. Property owners within 300 feet of the development must be notified of the change. The amendment would come before the planning commission for a public hearing and come before the Town Council twice for public hearings.

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