Short-term rentals headline meeting

Los Altos Hills residents will have another opportunity to voice concerns – and compliments – about the operation of short-term rentals in town when city councilmembers convene Thursday for their monthly meeting.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road, and consideration of regulations for rentals through services like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO falls near the beginning of the agenda.

Litter, loud noises, traffic and the presence of strangers topped Los Altos Hills residents’ list of complaints voiced at a special city council meeting March 23. Following that meeting, city staff surveyed several other Bay Area jurisdictions, including Saratoga and Sunnyvale, to learn how they regulate short-term rentals. After presenting their findings, staff members will seek direction from councilmembers about potentially developing town code amendments.

Other meeting agenda items include establishing a policy for accepting private roads into the town’s road system and expanding the town’s tree protection ordinance to include mature and significant specimens beyond heritage oaks.

Additional information – including the full meeting agenda – is available on the town website at

– Megan V. Winslow

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