The Twin Ports is a popular destination for many looking to take a vacation.  And - in an effort to capitalize on that growing trend, many property owners in the area have turned a variety of their non- or under-used properties into short-term rentals.  Commonly known as Airbnb or VRBO's, these properties have become easy avenues for property owners to make some money.

In an effort to make sure that these short term rental properties are managed in the best way possible - and - to assure that their is oversight on them to ease neighboring owners minds, St. Louis County is looking at its zoning ordinances.  A short while ago, the county asked for feedback and input on short-term rentals.  These opinions were summarized and turned into proposed changes to the counties ordinances.  Before the St. Louis County Planning Commission can approve the changes, they're holding a public review session.

This public review session has already occured - during the August meeting.  However, members of the general public still have an opportunity to see the proposed changes and make their opinions known. Click here to visit the counties website - with a page devoted to the proposed changes.

To summarize, the proposed changes would allow for short term rental of properties through the issuance of permits.  The goal is to ensure minimal disruption to neighbors and the environment by setting requirements for septic, parking and posting of rules; while also requiring appropriate licensing to ensure a safe experience for guests.

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