SMD 1 City Councilman Bill Richardson to host town hall meeting on short-term rentals

Short-term rentals will be the focus of a town hall meeting hosted by San Angelo City Councilman Single Member District 1 Bill Richardson at 6 p.m. Jan. 12 in City Council chamber at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.

Richardson said he is hosting the meeting, which is open to the public, to discuss the proposed short-term rental ordinance, the source of concerns regarding such rentals and ordinance enforcement.

City Council is slated to consider on Jan. 17, final approval of an ordinance that would allow and regulate short-term rentals. The measure won preliminary approval last month by a 4-3 vote.

Short-term rentals involve renting an entire property for less than 30 days while the owner is not on-site. Beds-and-breakfasts typically involve the renting of a room while the owner is on-site.

Short-term rentals would be allowed under the proposed ordinance if:

  • The STR earns approval followed by renewal after the first year and ever two years after that;
  • An operator who lives within Tom Green County is designated;
  • The STR is on a street wider than 30 feet and not within 500 feet of another STR;
  • The STR isn’t on a City-owned lot; and
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. No more than one outside pup tent would be allowed.