Feb. 18 Council update: discussion regarding short-term rentals; amendment to the Bella Mesa Metro District Service Plan approved
A discussion on short-term rentals in Castle Rock and a resolution approving an amendment to the Bella Mesa Metro District Service Plan were both topics on Town Council’s Feb. 18 meeting agenda.
Here’s a more in-depth look at those agenda items:
- Discussion regarding short-term rentals in Castle Rock – short-term rentals are becoming more prevalent across the country as online listing services Airbnb and VRBO grow in popularity. Short-term rentals are generally defined as stays of 30 days or less. In December, Council directed staff to look into short-term rentals within the community. Staff performed initial research on the prevalence of such rentals in Town, as well as tax, regulatory and business-related issues. That research was presented at Tuesday’s meeting, and Town Council directed staff to define the rentals within Town Code and continue efforts to collect from the rentals the sales tax due to the Town. These items will come back to Town Council at a later date for further discussion.
Watch the discussion
- Resolution approving an amendment to the Bella Mesa Metro District Service Plan finalized – Town Council approved an amendment to the Service Plan for Bella Mesa Metro District. The amendment will allow the metro district to issue $26 million in debt to begin public infrastructure, such as roads and sewer lines, in the area of the development near Mesa Middle School. Ultimately, more than 800 homes are planned. Metro district property taxes from the homes built will be used to repay the debt.
Watch the presentation and Council discussion
Also on the agenda, Town Council received an update on legislative activity that is of municipal interest. State Sen. Jim Smallwood also made a brief presentation.