An announcement in the City Manager’s Newsletter last week said the upcoming workshop will be held at the Pasadena Senior Center, located at 85 E. Holly Street, starting at 6 p.m.
“The workshop will be conducted in an open-house format where the community will be able to visit information stations freely anytime from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,” the announcement said. “City staff will be available to discuss the draft regulations on short-term rentals and respond to questions.”
Comments received from the community during the workshop will help the City to refine the draft regulations for presentation to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will present recommendations to the Pasadena City Council probably in March, the announcement said.
City staff conducted two community meetings last December on the issue of short-term rentals upon the instructions of the City Council’s Economic Development and Technology Committee.
Recently, Pasadena has experienced a surge in short-term rentals where rooms or even entire homes are being rented out to temporary visitors for profit. The uptick has been attributed to online businesses, including Airbnb and Homeaway, that encourage homeowners to step into the world of home-sharing entrepreneurship.
Because the model has sometimes led to disruption of peace and parking problems, many Pasadena residents have called on the City to regulate the practice.
Staff has presented data on the short-term rental market in Pasadena and an overview of best practices in other communities, and a draft regulation has been prepared out of the data.
Staff has also engaged key stakeholder groups in Pasadena, including the Pasadena HomeShare Network, a group of residents who offer hosted short-term stays at their properties.