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Accessory Dwelling Unit And Nightly Rental Policy Connected In Park City Housing Conversation

The Park City Planning Commission will consider a conditional use permit for a homeowner who wants to use the house for nightly rentals. At some level, the item plays into the community conversation around housing availability.

A homeowner on King Road, in the historic residential-low density, or HRL, district, is requesting the planning commission approve a conditional use permit that allows her to use the house for nightly rentals. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson says the home is in a zone where nightly rentals are restricted, due to narrow roads and restricted parking.

“On the west side of the valley, HRL allows nightly rentals as a conditional use," Erickson said. "On the east side, up near Ontario Avenue, nightly rentals are not allowed in the zone, and that's a decision of the neighbors back in the late '80s, early '90s.”

When asked if the city might consider changing the land management code to require a conditional use permit for all homes looking to have nightly rentals, in an effort to address how Airbnb and VRBO rentals have impacted the availability of long-term housing, Erickson says the city is having that conversation more in the realm of how it affects accessory dwelling units.

“Accessory dwelling units are an allowed use in most zones outside of the historic districts, but not very many people are taking advantage of them," Erickson said. "There is a restriction about not allowing an accessory dwelling unit to be a nightly rental, and so they are linked together at the arm, if you will, on how you allow for additional housing units and yet restrict nightly rentals.”

Erickson says the city council is scheduled to discuss bringing the city’s housing code up to compliance with state code in November.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.