File #: 2021-4413    Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/22/2021 In control: Community and Economic Development Committee
On agenda: 10/13/2021 Final action:
Title: Short Term Rental Regulations Discussion
Sponsors: Development Services
Related files: 2022-5027
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Short Term Rental Regulations Discussion

An applicant brought forward a proposal for UDO amendment to Short Term Rental (STR) standards at the September CEDC meeting. The proposed amendment was to remove the requirement for the owner of the rental to be onsite or nearby. After hearing the applicant’s proposal and examples of more lenient standards in nearby cities, the CEDC asked staff to research the approach of other communities.

Short term rental ordinances are organized into the following regulations; location, ownership, intensity and safety. The sections below compare the currently adopted Lee’s Summit requirements with Kansas City, Independence and Springfield.


Lee’s Summit restricts short term rentals (STRs) to single-family or duplex units on lots over 1 acre in size or those in the Old Town Master Development Plan area, the area bounded by Chipman Road, Highway 50 and Highway 291 North. These measures were done to provide STRs in rural settings or in our Downtown for tourism purposes. Comparator cities take a different approach. Zoning and structure type are used to determine the location of STR units in KCMO, Independence and Springfield. Single-family and duplex units are universally allowed within some residential zoning districts. If applied to Lee’s Summit, this would greatly expand the areas where short term rentals are allowed.


Lee’s Summit requires the owner live onsite or live in an adjacent property. This was a reaction to a home that was being used as a party house within an established neighborhood. The hope was that by having an owner onsite there would be better supervision of guest behavior. The request before the CEDC is to remove this provision of the ordinance. Other Cities address the concept of owner occupancy in a variety of ways. Some have a tiered system where it is easier to gain approval if the owner is present but with a public hearing the home can be rented out without ownersh...

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