Asheville bans short-term rentals on Haywood Road

Asheville City Council passed a zoning ordinance that bans short-term rentals in the Haywood Street corridor in West Asheville on single units, including homes. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Asheville City Council on Tuesday approved two major agenda items that could impact housing.

The council passed a zoning ordinance that bans short-term rentals in the Haywood Street corridor in West Asheville on single units, including homes.

At council's last meeting, members banned short-term rentals in the River Arts District. Mayor Esther Manheimer said the main reason for the restrictions is the city’s affordable housing crisis.

“If you allow short-term rentals in the city, those are rental houses that are now not available for the long-term rental market, and it makes that long-term rental market even tighter and more expensive,” she said.

Council members also approved the rezoning of the piece of property once part of a plan to lure Deschutes Brewing to the area. The city's urban design director recommended the zoning change in light of Asheville's housing crisis.

For sale signs have been up for weeks on the property that runs down the French Broad River on Ferry Road. About 88 acres of the 137-acre site could have homes, duplexes and triplexes.

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