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Highland City Council Sets Parameters On Short Term Rentals

By Stephanie Malench

The Highland City Council  voted on a number of real estate related ordinances at their July 19 meeting.

The first set  bills pertained to property located at 1222 Broadway. The property owner ,  Sharon Head asked for a Special Permit to convert an empty restaurant property to apartments.

The City Council voted not to grant the permit, stating that the space which formerly housed the Cypress Lounge had only been on the market a year and a half and to give it more time.

The ordinance on short term rentals, commonly known as Air BNBs was amended to add the following requirement: “Short-term rentals must be owner-controlled, meaning that a property owner may not rent the property to an individual (renter) and allow the renter to utilize the unit as a short-term rental. The owner may manage the property outright or contract an entity for professional management services so long as the contracted entity is only contracted for said services and is not leasing the property from the owner”.

Two ordinances were passed annexing and approving the preliminary plat for Feldman Estates, located to the south of Falcon Drive and to the north of Quail Drive.

Property at 1808 Olive Street was declared surplus property and is scheduled to be sold.

In other actions,

•Erin Mignin and John Coziar were reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission

•The Highland Fire Department 9-11 Memorial Run special event application was approved for September 11 at the Fairgrounds

•The Highland Chamber of Commerce Street Art Fair Application was approved for September 17 and 18 on the Square

•The Relay For Life Celebration Night was approved for September 24 on the Square.

•A new rate schedule was approved for internet services for commercial customers $900 per month with a three year contract for existing customers

•A new contract for trash services with Robert “Bob” Sanders Waste Systems Inc.  was approved for one year beginngin October 1 for $25 per month for residential units  and $38 per month for non-containerized businesses, and includes “unlimited refuse (including bulky item removal, recyclable material, and yard waste material each week other than construction material or hazardous waste”.

•An incremental increase in basic user rate charges for sewer service of 10 cents per year over the next three years.

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