Springfield to decide on regulating short-term rentals

The Springfield City Council will soon vote on whether short-term rentals through services like Airbnb should be legalized and regulated within the city.

The council has been considering various iterations of the same proposal since the start of 2017.

A substitute bill was introduced at the city council meeting Monday night. That bill, and an original bill, will be voted on at the Jan. 28 meeting.

The substitute bill breaks short-term rental properties into three categories and has different density requirements, licensing standards and fees for each.

There are about 150 short-term rentals operating in residential neighborhoods throughout Springfield, all violating current city zoning laws.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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