PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) – The Peoria City Council has shot down requests to convert two properties into short-term rentals in the Uplands near Laura Bradley Park, a move that one council member described as essentially killing future short-term rentals citywide.
A spirited debate preceded the council’s rejection of special use permits to allow for Airbnbs at a two-story duplex in the 1500 block of West Columbia Terrace and at a two-story home in the 1000 block of North Elmwood Avenue.
District 2 Council member Chuck Grayeb led the majority in turning down the two requests.
“Our constituents do not want numerous mini-hotels as their next door neighbors,” said Grayeb who claims city administrators were abandoning long-standing efforts to promote single-family homeownership.
Grayeb said he was worried understaffed police and city inspectors would not be able to keep the peace at short-rental properties.
“How will these departments, which are already understaffed, effectively address transients who are rowdy, noisy, drunk, disruptive, or worse?”
At-large council member Zachary Oyler favored granting the special use. He believes these latest actions spell the end for short-term rentals in the city.
‘My opinion is that short-term rentals are a very well-monitored and managed process much more than even a standard rental in our community,” Oyler said.
Mayor Rita Ali, John Kelly, and Andre Allen, and Oyler voted to grant special use requests at the Columbia Terrace and Elmwood Avenue locations.