Maplewood resident, Claire Martin’s request to run a short term vacation rental (Airbnb) in her home passed planning and zoning in the June meeting, but was denied in the July meeting. The agenda for the June meeting went online this week.
According to a commission member, the item returned to the July meeting because the process requires public notice, which it didn’t have for the June meeting. When it returned for July the neighbor was present and spoke out against it based on parking concerns. The commission voted in July to recommend to the city council that the permit be denied.
According to the minutes from the June meeting, now online, Claire Martin told the commission her plans for an Airbnb at her home on High Street. Commission Chairman Kevin Sullivan asked if she received a citation for running an Airbnb with a valid permit. Martin said she came in to obtain a short term vacation rental (STVR) permit in March, one day after she received the letter from the city.
City Assistant Tanager Anthony Traxler said a letter was sent on January 25 requesting compliance, and follow up citations were sent when the letter was ignored and the application to obtain a valid STVR permit was filed on May 1. Commission member Dan Noonan said he was concerned about parking, and asked Martin if she has had any problems.
Martin said parking has not been a problem because most guests don’t have a vehicle; they are visiting Washington University and she usually takes them to and from her house in her car.
Martin added that she has spoken to her neighbors and they have no concerns about her having a STVR. Commission member Sandi Phillips asked if she has three roommates, where would a guest sleep. Martin said one of her roommates is moving out and they would sleep in a bedroom on the main floor.
It passed, in June, with five yes votes, one no and one abstention.
Since it didn’t pass in the July meeting, Martin can choose to still take the request to city council, but since it failed in planning and zoning passage at the council will require a higher margin of yes votes. A public hearing is scheduled for the July 11 meeting.