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Kirksville Council approves permit for Airbnb

In January, the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-3 to ultimately recommend the approval of the permit to council. (MGN)

Monday night marked the first meeting of 2018 for Kirksville City Council members.

With the first meeting of the year came an agenda item that has resulted in controversy in the past. Council was asked to approve or deny a special use permit that would allow an Airbnb in city limits.

Kirksville Resident Matthew Stocks has plans to operate an Airbnb at 2701 Sunset Cove Drive.

That property is found in an R-1 Single-Family Residential District. Bed and breakfast establishments and Airbnbs are allowed in those areas, with the approval of the permit.

In January, the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-3 to ultimately recommend the approval of the permit to council.

This is not the first time council has been asked to vote on the operation of an Airbnb in the city.

In November, council denied the request for a permit for a location on Meadow Brook Road, in the Hamilton Meadows Subdivision.

That property in question is under a deed of dedication, meaning a measure states residents are prohibited from operating a business out of their home.

The property on Meadow Brook also received overwhelming opposition from neighbors who had concerns about safety and traffic.

The home of Matthew Stocks, however, does not have any covenants prohibiting the use of the land.

In addition, only one person spoke in opposition to Stocks operating an Airbnb during the planning and zoning meeting.

A neighbor said he was worried about the safety of children in the area.

However, Stocks assured council he has no plans to leave the property for long periods of time while guests are staying in his home.

He adds he will only offer individual rooms to rent, and not the entire property.

Kirksville City Council members approved the special use permit for Stocks Airbnb with a unanimous vote.

Stocks will also need to apply for a business license.

City staffers stress that others interested in pursuing the operation of an Airbnb are encouraged to double check ordinances and policies within their neighborhoods.


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