Collier commissioners push plan to allow rental of guesthouses in Urban Estates

Author: Aisling Swift, Gulfshore Business
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Credit: Collier County government

Collier County commissioners on May 14 moved forward with a plan to allow Urban Estates homeowners to rent guesthouses to address a critical shortage of workforce housing. 

The 4-1 vote, which includes a review after one year and a Code Enforcement report, involves homesteaded properties in an area of North Naples west of Collier Boulevard. The county will research how to deduct the tax percentage of the guesthouse to preserve the homestead exemption, proceed with a land-development code amendment and hold public hearings. 

Staff sent 3,558 postcards asking Urban Estates residents to attend meetings or complete online surveys but received only 135 responses. Zoning Director Mike Bosi told commissioners that after the amendment goes through the Development Services Advisory Board, Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners, awareness and participation will increase. 

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