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CL- 2146 New Business   Item #:   G.    
City Council Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 07/02/2019  
Subject:    Request for a Special Use Permit for a Short-Term Rental at 500 Plum Street
From: Kenneth C. Gillie, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     07/02/2019
SUMMARY
A request has been filed by Barry Davis for a Special Use Permit for a short-term home rental in accordance with Article 3.E, Section C, Item 29 of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986 as amended at 500 Plum Street, otherwise known as Grid 2710, Block 006, Parcel 000008 of the City of Danville, Virginia Zoning District Map.  The applicant is proposing to develop a house to rent on Airbnb.
 
BACKGROUND
Barry Davis, the applicant, is requesting to operate an entire home as a short-term rental without an on-site host at 500 Plum Street. This property is located in the OT-R, Old Town Residential District. 

The site is currently vacant. A house was previously located on the property, but was demolished earlier this year. The applicant now has a building permit to build a new single-family dwelling. He is waiting to start construction until he has approval to use the new structure as a short-term rental without a host.
 
On September 4, 2018, the applicant was granted a Special Use Permit for a bed and breakfast at 418 Plum Street, about fifty (50) feet northwest of 500 Plum St. Since that time, the issue of short-term rentals, including bed and breakfast establishments, has been a major topic of consideration by both Planning Commission and City Council. As part of the discussion, a separate request has been submitted to define and permit the requested use.

At their meeting on June 10, 2019, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 (Commissioner Jones was absent) to recommend approval of the request.
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that City Council adopt an ordinance granting a Special Use Permit for a short-term home rental in accordance with Article 3.E, Section C, Item 29 of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986 as amended at 500 Plum Street, otherwise known as Grid 2710, Block 006, Parcel 000008 of the City of Danville, Virginia Zoning District Map.

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