Protect VB Neighborhoods
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We are concerned about the commercial activity in our neighborhoods. Parties and events at rental houses bring in additional traffic, loud outdoor noise, illegal parking issues and excessive trash that often overflows onto the street. This is not an acceptable use of a house in a neighborhood.
Letter in the Pilot concerning short term rentals
HOW BEACH RESIDENTS WANT CITY TO TACKLE ISSUE OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS
RE “FOR GOOD OF THE CITY, SUPPORT SANDBRIDGE” (letter, July 24): I agree with Jim Reeve, the former City Council member who wrote this letter, “that with proper oversight, Sandbridge will always be for everyone.”
Our group, Protect Virginia Beach Neighborhoods, has been asking city officials to oversee all short-term rentals in the residential neighborhoods.
The city zoning code establishes residential housing districts, but it’s silent on the issue of short-term rentals (those of fewer than 30 days) of single-family dwellings. While this might have been acceptable at one time, the increasing number of such rentals means that city officials must act to protect residents from the rentals’ negative effects and protect tenants from single-family dwellings that might be over capacity, under-insured and not properly inspected. Other cities throughout the country and in Virginia are facing the same issues and have passed related ordinances.
Members of PVBN, who are residents and landowners in the city’s residential neighborhoods, have asked city officials to establish a registry of short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods, require that each rental must provide city officials with a name and contact number of a local person who must respond to any complaints arising from that rental, provide a central phone number where residents can call to report problems with short-term rentals. City staff members would then relay any complaints to the designated local contact person for the rental. This would ensure that responsibility for any problems at the rentals would rest with the property owners or their local representatives. Also, this central phone number would allow the city to collect useful data on short-term rentals.
PVBN members want to preserve real estate values and protect our neighborhoods for residents and renters alike. However, we disagree vehemently with people who think the way to do so is by maintaining the status quo. It’s time for Virginia Beach to step up with proper oversight of all short-term rentals throughout the city.
Bill Brown Member Protect Virginia Beach Neighborhoods Virginia Beach
Information on meeting concerning stormwater projects:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT:
July 25, 2017 Drew Lankford, (757) 385-8062
What's coming up in City Council? Video by Jessica Abbott
Notes from the Princess Anne District forum – June 22, 2017 - Hosted by Councilwoman Barbara Henley
New business near courthouse area
Interested in PA district concerns? - Barbara Henley's monthly forum-
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, . . . at 5:00 pm . . . in Building 19
Is your property value in danger? -
Barbara Henley monthly forum: -PA_Forum_5-25-17__2_.pdf
Should we move City Hall? - City_Hall_Proposals.pdf
What road projects are in the works? - Princess_Anne_District_Road_Projects_FY_2018-2023__1_.pdf
Barbara Henley monthly forum: -PRINCESS_ANNE_DISTRICT_FORUM__3-23-17.pdf
10 goals City Council will focus on this year: - http://southsidedaily.com/2017/03/06/10-things-vir...
Article in the Pilot about possible short term rental regulations.
Feb 3, 2017 — Yesterday, a group of PVBRN members from Sandbridge travelled to Richmond and made a difference. As noted by the Virginian Pilot in today's paper - "Two Beach residents said they’d like to see all short-term rentals be on a register, including those run by real estate companies like those in Sandbridge. One person said the rentals in Sandbridge create the same problems that Airbnbs can sometimes bring."
- Background information and petition to keep commercial activity out of our residential neighborhoods: -
- New 311 process. The link below will take you to the city site that explains this process. This is for people who want to get the alerts on a cell phone or by email.
- Short-term rental regulations - (Nov. 2016)
- Ad Hoc committee recommendations concerning short term rentals in Virginia Beach. Among other things, the committee made recommendations to City Council concerning state vs. local controls over tax collection and regulations of short term rentals.
- Below is a link to a list of rental permit requirements recommended by the Ad Hoc committee concerning short term rentals in Virginia Beach
The City of Virginia Beach Council Members:
Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr.
Vice Mayor Louis R. Jones - Bayside
Benjamin Davenport - At Large
Bob Dyer - Centerville
Barbara M. Henley - Princess Anne
Office of the City Clerk
City Manager- Dave Hansen
City Attorney- Mark Stiles