Glenwood Springs is deciding whether or not to allow short term rentals, which have risen in popularity because of website like Airbnb and VRBO. At a meeting on Wednesday, the public can weigh in on the future of the program.
There’s been a moratorium on new short-term rental applications in Glenwood Springs since November. The city council expressed concerned about the impacts of vacation rentals on neighborhoods and wanted a better sense of the public’s opinion.
Since then, more than 450 people have taken an online survey from the city. Hannah Klausman, a senior planner for Glenwood Springs, says the majority are locals.
"Overall,we have a 68 percent response rate that people do want vacation rentals in Glenwood Springs," she said.
Respondents also want regulations in place. Survey results will be discussed at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, starting at 6 p.m. Public comment at the meeting will be submitted to the city council.