Monday, July 10, 2017

#TXLEGE: Abbott's #SpecialSession call opens door on Short-Term Rentals and Historical Zoning

"Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?"
Matthew 20:15

Two of the issues we were working that died in committee during the regular session was reigning in municipal abuses related to historical zoning and short term rentals; in that vein, check out the language Governor Abbott used on the property rights component of the special session call:
Legislation protecting the private property rights of land owners from political subdivision rules, regulations, or ordinances that interfere with, delay, or restrict private property owners’ ability to use or enjoy their property.
Historical zoning and short term rentals are easily within the bounds of that call.

It's not confirmed, but we've heard credible rumors that Kelly Hancock intends to re-file the Short-Term rental bill.

While we're on the subject, pretty much any anti-property rights measure is fair game for the special session; we'd love to address abuses related to the code department.

Moving beyond Austin, we just learned that Arlington is going to consider an ordinance to require permits for garage sales.

Bottom Line: They're both within the bounds of the call, we just need bill authors to step up and file them.

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