Chapel Hill Town Council passed a motion 8-1 to start a public engagement process and task force to address short-term rentals.
Short-term rentals are defined as the renting of a residential unit for typically less than 30 days. With more than 300 Airbnbs in Chapel Hill, some residents of the town have been concerned about the potential effects of short-term rentals in the area.
On June 19, the Town Council adopted a resolution authorizing the town manager to update the standards and regulations for short-term rentals.
At the Wednesday meeting, Mayor Pam Hemminger emphasized the proposal was just to create the task force and to set a charge for the task force, rather than to make any decisions on short-term rentals.
Anya Grahn, senior planner for Chapel Hill's Planning and Development Services, presented the proposal to the council. She hopes to use the task force to shape future regulation of short-term rentals in the town.