Short-term rental permit request tops Monday agenda

Planning Commission to consider Parkland II application


By Conrad Dudderar
Associate Editor

The first permit application under Yukon’s new short-term rental ordinance will be considered next Monday night by the Yukon Planning Commission.

Commissioners will hear a request by Gloria Hernandez for a special use permit for a short-term rental property on E Meade Drive in the Parkland Heights II Addition. The property has a single-family home and pool.

The Yukon Planning Commission will convene at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 inside the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th.

The property owner rents the house as an Airbnb “a couple days a month” mostly for family gatherings, according to the special use permit application.

To operate a short-term rental, a property owner must obtain a special use permit and short-term rental license from the City of Yukon.

A posting for this property on the Airbnb site describes a “two story roomy house” for eight guests with a heated, outdoor pool. Listed price is $188 per night.

In October, Yukon Police issued a citation to the E Meade Drive property owner for advertising a short-term rental without a permit.

“Several email and in-person complaints have been received by various Yukon (city) staff and elected officials,” according to a city planning staff report.

A list of Yukon police calls between August 2022 and this October is included in the report for next Monday night’s public hearing.

Yukon Planning Commission members are Chairman Bill Baker, Vice Chairman Jarrid Wright, Nick Grba, Jeff Geis, and Lee Clark.

The Yukon City Council on Aug. 3 adopted the Yukon Unified Development Code.

The 147-page document includes a section that specifically regulates short-term rentals – commonly referred to as Airbnb or Vrbo online vacation rentals.

Short-term rental operators violating Yukon’s new code are subject to stiff fines and face revocation of the required permits and licenses.