Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

With a cry of “stop it now,” there was a moment during the Planning Commission’s Tuesday night meeting when it looked like commissioners would push to immediately eliminate Type 2 short-term rentals in residential areas. Eventually, that suggestion gave way to a more measured one, but commissioners still managed to get their point across: Short-term rentals that are not owner-occupied should be eliminated in Austin’s neighborhoods.

The plea to “admit failure” and hasten a Type 2 STR ban came from Commissioner Jean Stevens, who explained, “It’s become very apparent that we have this issue that is out-of-hand, and that we continue to try and put the genie back into the bottle by putting more and more regulations on it that we don’t seem to be able to enforce. Rather than take up any more time, since this has been discussed ad nauseam… Let’s just stop it, and stop it now.”