Planning and Public Safety Committee

Stu Johnson

The Lexington city council is considering additional regulations for short-term housing rentals.  A draft ordinance got a going over Tuesday by members of the Planning and Public Safety Committee.

Committee members heard from several Airbnb participants.  Most like Kathy Burke said regulation is okay as long as it’s not more strenuous than other similar rental services.

“I will tell you that I would rather live in my Airbnb than my own house because there’s no clutter, it’s clean, my lawn is cut.  My neighbors love us,” said Burke.

Lexington Council Committee Votes to Repeal Taxi Cab Ordinance

Dec 9, 2015

Lexington’s taxi cab ordinance could be on its way out.  After months of debate, the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee voted 7-3 Tuesday to repeal local regulations.  The move comes as council works to help cab companies remain competitive amid the rise of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.  Ride sharing companies are only regulated at the state level.  Vice Mayor Steve Kay voted to repeal the taxi law. “If we could level the playing field someway and still have some regulation we’d like to do that, but that does not seem to be possible,” said Kay.