The Stillwater Planning Commission approved the application for a short-term rental property in a 5-0 vote Tuesday.
When an application is received, there is a 30 day objection period for residents who are within 300 feet of the subject property. These residents are notified of the short-term rental application and can choose to appeal the application. When an objection is filed against a property, a meeting is scheduled and the application is voted on.
The Planning Commission is the hearing body. Public comment is allowed, but the public body didn't speak out on the agenda item in this evening’s meeting. There weren’t many people at the meeting, only five people were seated to listen to the meeting. None of the five people spoke out on the first agenda item, which was the three- bedroom short-term rental property.
Daniel Purdy, who owns the property in the Residential Single Family Small Lot at 903 E. Brooke Ave. and also owns his own food truck, PurdyQ, was called to the podium to state his reasoning behind the rental property. Purdy gave some background information about the property and said he owns the house, but his parents lived in the house until they had to move out because of health reasons.
Purdy said he understood the concerns of others, and knows it is a good neighborhood, but said he needs revenue from the property. Purdy also said he knows there are already four other rental properties in the neighborhood, and he doesn't want to see the neighborhood go downhill either.
After hearing Purdy’s reason, the vote took place, and the application was approved. There wasn't an obvious reaction from the crowd or Purdy after the application was approved, but immediately after the vote, Purdy walked out of the meeting.
Rian Harkins, who is the senior planner, said short-term rentals can draw people into the community and generate revenue. Harkins also said the public has the right to object, and most objections consist of the number of rentals, the number of times the property has been rented and parking.
“It can also depend on the property owner, but that is why we have the review process,” Harkins said.
The next Planning Commission meeting will be on March 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.