Council passes STR ordinance 4-3; Richardson, Carter, Farmer vote against

The San Angelo City Council passed the controversial short-term rental ordinance Tuesday morning with a 4-3 vote. Council members Lane Carter, Charlotte Farmer and Bill Richardson opposed the vote to approve.

The newly passed ordinance is defines a “Short Term Rental” as a dwelling rented for 30 days or less that meets all of the following criteria:

  • Single family occupancy (but allowing up to six unrelated people rather than the normal requirement of no more than four unrelated);
    • No meal service;
    • Does not host gatherings of more than 20 people;
    • Defines “bed and breakfast” as a dwelling rented for 30 days or less that does not meet all of the criteria above;
  • Implement a parking standard to ensure a minimum amount of parking on the site
    • Minimum of two spaces per house, plus an additional space per separately rented bedroom for a bed and breakfast
    • Standards to reduce negative impacts:
    • No more than two adults per bedroom
    • Outdoor gatherings for parties, picnics, family reunions, etc. are limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and may not include more than 20 people total;
    • Requirements for registration, enforcement and inspections;
    • Hotel Occupancy Tax registration with the state and City (already required);
    • Requires a change of use Certificate of Occupancy when converting a home to a bed & breakfast or Short Term Rental;
    • Annual fire safety inspection;
    • Exception for rental related to the sale of a home; and
    • Exception for when the property is occupied by the owner or by a long-term renter

Currently, only eight STRs currently exist in the City in the sense that they are already paying hotel occupancy taxes. These properties will not be “grandfathered” in as many residents who opposed the ordinance previously believed. The current eight have one year to apply for the conditional use with the City’s Planning Commission, which reserves the right to approve or deny the application.

 

In other Council news:

Council approved a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a naming rights agreement with the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association and HEB Grocery Company for the City of San Angelo Fairgrounds Livestock Barn, Building No. 3 and to execute all necessary related documents.

Council also approved the following items:

• A resolution authorizing the City Manager, or designee, to negotiate and execute a Temporary Nonexclusive Sidewalk Use License Agreement to allow for encroachments into the public right-of-way adjacent to property located at 204 South Chadbourne Street.

• A resolution abandoning, vacating, and releasing a 20-foot wide access and utility easement totaling 3,966 square feet located in the Shahan Subdivision, Section 1A, generally located approximately 570 feet southwest of the intersection of Sherwood Way and Clare Drive, on 0.091 acres.