The City Planning Commission will take the first step Tuesday evening in a process that could result in new regulations for short-term vacation rentals in the city.
The commission will meet at 5 p.m. to hear public comments on how the city should handle such rentals and the websites that facilitate them, such as AirBnB.
City Councilwoman Stacy Head, who had been negotiating with supporters of short-term rentals and neighborhood groups that generally oppose them, declared last month that the two sides could not reach an agreement. Instead, she recommended the Planning Commission take up the issue of what sort of regulations should be put in place.
Tuesday’s meeting will be the first step in that process.
Short-term rentals through sites such as AirBnB have been proliferating in New Orleans in recent years.
Neighborhood groups argue that having large numbers of properties used primarily by tourists disrupts neighborhoods and leaves many units unavailable to locals, contributing to the city’s soaring long-term rental prices. Those supporting the short-term rentals counter that they allow residents to make money by renting out parts of their homes.
The meeting will be held in the City Council chamber at City Hall, 1300 Perdido St.