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Short-Term Rental Task Force
On September 20, 2021, the Brevard City Council adopted Resolution Number 2021-47 establishing the Short-Term Rental Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force is to obtain data on short-term rentals (STRs) in the City of Brevard, assess positive and negative impacts, and provide recommendations to City Council. Short-term rentals are defined for the purposes of this Task Force as private residential properties that are rented, either in whole or in part, for periods of less than 30 days for compensation.
The task force has regular meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 11:00AM in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Occasionally special-called meetings are held in addition to or in place of the regular monthly meetings.
The membership of the Task Force was included in the establishing resolution and is updated by City Council as needed. The Task Force is currently comprised of:
- Aaron Baker, Brevard City Council & Co-Chair
- Geraldine Dinkins, Brevard City Council & Co-Chair
- Issac Allen, White Squirrel Realty
- Hannah Bowers, Citizen
- Nory LeBrun, Chamber of Commerce
- Madeline Offen, Pisgah Legal Services
- Jeremy Owen, Beverly-Hanks Realty
- Dee Dee Perkins, Tourism Development Authority
- Tripp Presnell, Citizen
- Mack McKeller, City Attorney (ex-officio member)
- Aaron Bland, Assistant Planning Director (ex-officio member)
One of the primary focuses of the Task Force is to gather data regarding STRs in Brevard, their impacts - both positive and negative - and the public's thoughts and concerns about them.
ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS
The Task Force commissioned an economic impact analysis of STRs in Brevard and Transylvania County after learning of a similar study done in Buncombe County. Key findings of the study include:
- STRs account for 5-6% of total housing units in Transylvania County.
- New housing supply has not kept up with housing demand.
- There is a positive but limited correlation between the STR market and local housing prices.
The full report can be downloaded below.
The task force has commissioned a representative survey of city residents. Five hundred addresses within the city limits were randomly selected, and a three-step process of inviting participation from a household member of those residences is underway. Participants are asked to complete a brief online survey with multiple-choice and short-answer questions about their experiences with short-term rentals in Brevard.
Following the representative survey, the survey was opened up to the public at large. Both surveys are now closed. The reports can be downloaded below.