Public hearing on short-term rentals in Providence gets no response

PROVIDENCE– A public hearing regarding short-term property rentals drew no citizen attendance at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday, even though the issue was hotly debated in September.

“I guess they just didn’t care to have a voice in the matter,” said Skarlet Bankhead, city administrator. “I thought there was going to be interest both ways. I thought people would show up from the community to make sure that the council wouldn’t allow short-term rentals.”

Brandan Hadlock approached the commission in September wanting to rent his home in Providence using a short-term lease, which is described by the commission as a rental period of 30 days or less. The issue was debated and a public hearing was scheduled. The absence of citizens at the hearing was unexpected but provided some insight into how the community may feel about the issue.

“If there were multiple people in the city who felt strongly about this issue, they would probably be here,” said commission member Jeff Baldwin.

“I think this shows that people have confidence in the planning commission,” Bankhead said. “They have a certain amount of faith in the commission.”

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