The city of San Marcos is one step closer to having rules in place to regulate home sharing through web-based services, such as AirBnB and HomeAway.
On Tuesday night, San Marcos City Council unanimously approved the first reading of a set of regulations formulated by a subcommittee consisting of Mayor John Thomaides and council members Lisa Prewitt and Melissa Derrick. A second reading of the ordinance will take place in August.
“The fact of the matter is, until we pass this, [operating a home share] is running an illegal business in a neighborhood,” Council Member Derrick said. “We’ve got to regulate it. We’re one of the towns in the area that has chosen to allow it rather than than disallow it. We’re letting that local economy churn and burn. We have to have these kinds of restrictions or we’re headed for a lot of trouble with our affordable housing and disruption of neighbors and all different sorts of things.”