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City gets good news about shelter pets; Council praises Baugh for his service (then appoints him to do more)

In its last meeting of 2020, the Harrisonburg City Council bid farewell to Richard Baugh, the veteran council member and former mayor who will be replaced by newly-elected member Laura Dent starting in January.

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Council moves toward rewriting AirBnB regulations … again

City residents living in single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes will soon have the right to host up to four guests in their home through platforms such as AirBnB, as the council on Tuesday approved a first reading of revisions to the city’s short-term rentals policies.

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Planning Commission continues tinkering with “Airbnb” ordinance, with eye on loosening some restrictions

City officials’ year-long struggle to create fair, equitable regulations for short-term housing rentals plodded on during a Planning Commission work session on Wednesday afternoon, where a two-tiered system for permitting was discussed again.

City leaders look into tweaking ways to regulate Airbnbs

Less than a year into regulating Airbnb properties and other “short-term rentals,” Harrisonburg might soon see changes to that system, including making it easier for those who operate “homestay” rentals out of their house.

Council narrowly approves mixed-use development in Reservoir St. neighborhood

A multi-story, mixed-use apartment complex planned on Reservoir Street is moving forward after a series of close votes by the Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday.

Residents weigh in on major mixed use complex and a need for a homeless shelter

Housing issues dominated Tuesday’s Harrisonburg City Council meeting, with local residents delivering two petitions to the council – one against a proposed high-density housing complex and one asking the city to build a shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

Amid Harrisonburg’s housing evolution, some neighbors play zone defense

Two visions about the future of housing in Harrisonburg have been colliding in a neighborhood tucked between JMU’s ever expanding East Campus and the heavily-traveled Port Republic Road corridor. 

Short-term rentals like Airbnbs are causing long-term concerns and even longer public meetings

As Harrisonburg continues its experiment with how to regulate Airbnb properties and other short-term rentals, the planning commission — and city council — are now wrestling with how to fairly decide who gets a permit and how to do so efficiently and with the fewest unintended consequences.

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