by Rob Robinson
At the March 24 meeting of the ANA I gave a report on the work by the Allandale Short Term Rental Committee. Our President, Cynthia Keohane, asked me to write this brief summary of the report.
The Short Term Rentals (STRs) about which we are concerned are houses rented for just a few days or weeks at a time that are not the main residence of the owners. They are houses whose primary use is similar to that of a hotel or a bed and breakfast. We are not concerned about long-term rentals or about neighbors who rent their own homes for just a few days per year.
There was a good turnout at Cynthia and John Keohane's house on Sunday, April 17, for the Meet and Greet with city council candidates Laura Morrison (Place 4 – photo on the far left) and Kathy Tovo (Place 3). Laura Morrision started it off with a brief introduction followed by a Q&A from neighbors. She touched on a variety of issues not all of which were neighborhood related. One question had to do with the imposition caused by the recent vote extending parking meters hours downtown. Laura voted agains the extension.
Laura said she is for single-member districts recognizing that it is a painful process but one she believes is worth the effort and needed for Austin.
She pointed to the introduction of compatibility inserted into the discussion on live music as an accomplishment that has been a benefit both to neighborhoods and to supporting live music in the city.
She was asked about vacation rentals and said she recognizes neighborhood concerns and supports regulating them.