Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday discussed revisions to multiple sections of the city’s zoning ordinance.
At a called work session before the scheduled meeting, council members met with city planners to hash out pending changes in residential and commercial parking, bed and breakfasts and future townhome developments.
The council focused part of the session on potential changes to the city’s regulations on bed and breakfasts, a business type Mayor Johnny Smith said he’s heard about often in recent months. The current regulation restricts bed and breakfasts to R2 and R3 residential zones in homes sitting on at least one acre.
“We’re just trying to get it as right as possible,” Councilman Tony Taylor said of the zoning ordinance discussion.
City building inspector Mark Williams pointed out that Airbnb, a short-term rental website, serves the same purpose as traditional bed and breakfasts, but is not regulated by the city. Councilman Jimmy Harrell said lodging taxes ought to apply to these online rentals as with traditional bed and breakfasts in the city.
The session also highlighted shared parking lots for businesses within 400 feet of each other to cut down on undeveloped land. Mark Stephens of the planning commission said such agreements would require filed documents that extended past the building’s current tenant to any business that might occupy the space later. Stephens, Williams and the council also discussed prohibiting homeowners from parking in front lawns, particularly in R1 residential areas.
Stephens said he would alter the draft to reflect Tuesday’s session, revisiting the council at a later date.
During Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting, the council approved a $37,447 sewer renovation on Vann Street.