The Biloxi Planning Commission will hold a meeting regarding short term rentals

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) – Biloxi may one day have its own short-term rental district. The discussion is now gaining momentum.

City leaders will hear from rental property owners and residents on Thursday.

A new way to vacation may soon be coming to a neighborhood in Biloxi. Short-term rentals are on the rise.

WLOX News contacted two owners. They currently need to get permission from the city for a rental location.

“We definitely need to put new policies in place,” said James George. “Certain ordinances and policies would simplify this issue, especially for landowners and investors along these front beach properties.”

“If they just had an overlay, that would be awesome,” Matt McDonald said. “Anyone who is properly zoned to own a short-term rental property wouldn’t have to go through all the hoops to get this approved. You also wouldn’t need to go to city council and be turned down for no reason.

On Thursday, the Biloxi Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss this issue.

“Anyone who wishes to speak in favor of the overlay district, the planning commission will discuss it and ask questions,” said Jerry Creel of Biloxi Community Development. “At the end of the meeting, they will vote on the requests submitted to them.”

Creel said if approved, it would move to city council, and if city council passes the vote, the first phase of the project will begin one block north of Highway 90.

Some residents, like Ryan Sinks, are not in favor of the idea.

He worries about an increase in the crime rate and how that would affect property values ​​in the community.

“It denies the neighborhood to the police themselves, which is inherently what keeps crime going. They are so scattered. There is no one watching. There is no one there,” Sinks said.

“It really is a rezoning. It could be short term and we have no say in what happens or who will be in our neighborhood,” resident Becky Green said. “We don’t know who is going to rent. It is a historic district. It’s not a hotel zone, and that’s what the city is more concerned about than the locals.

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