City release: Stevens Point to allow short term rental opportunities
City Times Staff
STEVENS POINT — Mayor Mike Wiza has announced that the city will now be able to allow residents to utilize rental options such as AirBnB and VRBO in all districts.
Below is the press release from the city in regards to this matter.
Mayor Mike Wiza announced today that the City has completed the necessary process to allow short-term rental options within the city in all nearly zoning districts. Short-term rentals, or tourist rooming houses, have been becoming more popular with travelers recently. Online sites like VRBO and AirBnB have made the process easy, and some users like the homey feel rather than the traditional hotel stay.
“Tourism in our area has been setting records, and we want to provide as many safe options for visitors as we can,” said Mayor Wiza. “Our Council sees the opportunity in allowing these short term rentals and recently approved allowing them in basically all of our zoning districts if they are owner-occupied, and conditionally elsewhere. I’m happy to see it happening.”
Sarah Brish, Executive Director at the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, noted, “More and more Stevens Point area visitors are requesting short-term rentals. I am thrilled that the City of Stevens Point took a proactive approach by writing an ordinance that will accommodate this growing trend.”
Information regarding the City, County, and State rules are available on the City website or app at https://stevenspoint.com/1291/Tourist-Rooming-Houses