City Council OKs bed-and-breakfast inns, rentals in Old Hilliard

The Old Hilliard district would allow bed-and-breakfast inns and short-term rentals, such as those offered by Airbnb, according to a pending ordinance before Hilliard City Council

Short-term rentals and bed-and-breakfast inns are to be allowed in the Old Hilliard district after Hilliard City Council on July 11 approved authorizing legislation in a split decision.

Several Old Hilliard residents spoke in opposition to allowing the short-term rentals, which are often called an Airbnb, the name of a California-based company that operates an online marketplace for identifying and booking available properties.

Their presence, Norwich Street resident Lisa Knell told City Council, “will threaten the charm and beauty of our neighborhood.”

Multiple Norwich Street residents placed yard signs in opposition to the proposal while it was under consideration.

The ordinance was introduced May 23 and advanced to a second and would-be final reading June 13, where it was tabled until July 11.

The proposal was brought forward to address ambiguity in city code as to whether bed-and-breakfast inns and short-term rentals are considered commercial or residential uses, according to Hilliard’s city planner, John Talentino.

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