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Springfield mulls home-sharing regulation with permit lottery provision



Springfield city officials are considering the latest in a growing number of proposals to regulate short-term rentals in the city, and the new plan includes a provision that would require a specific subset of properties to enter a lottery determining whether they get a permit to operate.

The Springfield City Council has considered multiple iterations of a proposal for regulating home-rental services like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner, but it has not voted on any of the plans.

One proposal said short-term rentals could not be located within 500 feet of each other. City staff has proposed grandfathering in properties that violate that stipulation. But Councilman Craig Hosmer wants to take a harder stance, proposing a permit lottery for any property that violates the 500-foot rule.

The rule would apply only to “type 2” rentals, which are located in single-family or townhouse residential zones.

A Springfield official told the council the city currently has about 200 short-term rentals, and those figures are “rapidly increasing.”

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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