North Mankato continues to ponder how to handle AirBnb rentals

By |2018-07-25T22:07:03-05:00July 25th, 2018|

North Mankato is working to get ahead of the curve on new short-term rentals, like AirBnb, with a new ordinance being drafted on current rental property regulations and inspection guidelines. Community Development Director Mike Fisher says they looked at what other communities around the state are doing and learned that everyone is different. "Basically there's three ways you can do it, you can permit them with no restrictions, you can permit them with restrictions or you could simply not permit them. Again, Staff believes they serve a purpose. But right now we don't even have a mechanism to know where they [...]

Regulations on Airbnb rentals reviewed by North Kato Council

By |2018-06-19T12:30:42-05:00June 19th, 2018|

Short-term home rentals saw a boost during the Super Bowl earlier this year in Minneapolis and many Minnesota cities are now exploring how to regulate the new way to rent space for travelers to stay. Currently, the City of North Mankato knows of six residential properties that are being rented out through online marketplaces, such as Airbnb. A quick search of Airbnb shows there are over ten options to rent in Mankato.   Community Development Director Mike Fisher says they have researched what other communities are doing. "We set it up where it would be necessary to get a conditional use permit [...]

North Mankato looking into roundabouts at three busy intersections

By |2018-05-25T09:09:19-05:00May 25th, 2018|

While the need might not be immediate, the City of North Mankato is in the early stages of planning for roundabouts at three busy intersections. An intersection control evaluation by SRF Consulting Group determined that construction of a roundabout is warranted at the intersections of Lookout Drive at Howard Drive, Lor Ray Drive at Carlson Drive and Lor Ray Drive at Howard Drive.  Community Development Director Mike Fisher says a number of factors were studied. "Existing conditions, crash data, future traffic, existing traffic volumes and the recommendations were based on to improve traffic movements and pedestrian movements. At each intersection, the traffic [...]

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