Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pushing a plan to allow New Orleans homeowners to convert their entire homes into short-term accommodations for visitors — a move that would direct the City Planning Commission to reverse its previous stance on the subject.
That could prove a controversial position on one of the most contentious issues facing city officials and could set up resistance on the City Council.
The Planning Commission already has weighed in on the issue, rejecting a recommendation by its staff that the city authorize the rental of whole homes as year-round miniature hotels through sites such as Airbnb.
Thursday’s council meeting likely will include some discussion of short-term rentals, but council members said they expect the serious debates over issues such as renting whole homes rather than simply extra rooms to come later in the process.
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