Kansas City Council will get final word on Airbnb ordinance

A densely detailed ordinance designed to regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb and HomeAway will drop in the Kansas City Council’s lap next month.

The Kansas City Plan Commission on Tuesday approved much of a city staff proposal following three hours of public testimony and discussion.

The ordinance next goes to the City Council’s Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee after several changes were made to the plan.

A key change will allow short-term rentals in parts of the city where the original plan prohibited them. Another change would redefine the number of guests a short-term host could have per bedroom. Another would allow a homeowner to have short-term rental contracts with two different parties at the same time.

Diane Binckley, the city staff member who has led the ordinance planning, said the city is working to obtain necessary legislation from the Missouri state legislature that would allow tax collection through short-term rental platforms. Such an agreement was reached last year, for example, between the state of Kansas and Airbnb.

Binckley said it will take until after Labor Day to integrate some of the commissioners’ requests into the ordinance that goes to the elected officials.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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