Scottsdale OKs Downtown Short-Term Rental Plan

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Attorney Court Rich represented STR Ventures in front of the Scottsdale City Council on Feb. 4. Council voted 6-1 to allow the company to expand short-term rental uses on its properties near city hall.  / Scottsdale Progress

By Wayne Schutsky | Scottsdale Progress

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents STR Ventures.)

A once-controversial short-term rental project near Scottsdale City Hall passed the City Council with little fanfare or opposition just months after the Planning Commission recommended its rejection.

On Feb. 5, the council voted 6-1 to approve a zoning change requested by STR Ventures, removing first-floor residential limits on four properties to just 35 percent of the floor area and putting much of the area technically off-limits to short-term renters.

The properties, just east of city hall, had been used in years past for a mix of residential and commercial uses, according to city staff.

STR Ventures had listed the properties with Good Night Stay, a short-term rental company with listings in Scottsdale, Nashville and Orlando.

Short-term rentals, like those advertised through Airbnb or VRBO, caused a stir in Scottsdale in recent years, with residents complaining of increased partying, trash, drinking and drug use in residential neighborhoods.