Planning Commission Sides With Short-Term Vacation Renter Over Neighbors

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Planning Commission has sided with a would-be short term vacation renter, who was opposed by some of her neighbors.

The vote was 7-5 to recommend approval for a request by Ann Campbell. She said she wanted to begin renting one room of her four-room house on Turtle Lane at Ooltewah.

She said she contacted her close neighbors and they had no problems.

However, a number of residents of the neighborhood came to the commission in protest. They said they did not know what kind of persons could be introduced into their quiet neighborhood by the rental program.

County Commissioner Chester Bankston had a quick motion to deny, which got a second.

However, member Mary Kay Hyatt spoke in favor. She said she was not so fearful of who might be renting and said many people want to come to Chattanooga to tour it and enjoy its amenities.

The case goes to the zoning committee of the County Commission on Nov. 14. Commissioner Bankston heads the panel.


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