CONYERS — More than 100 people turned out Thursday evening for a town hall meeting to discuss concerns about short-term vacation rentals. Incidents of violence, noise, damage to property and traffic congestion at Airbnb and other STVR locations in Rockdale County have residents renewing a call for the county to ban short-term rental properties.

The meeting was held at the Philologia Masonic Lodge in Conyers and sponsored by the group Homeowners For Better Government, with Sheriff Eric Levett and attorney Bill White as guest speakers. President Don Meyer told the citizens that this would be the last meeting at which the HOFBG would discuss the issue and that it is up to the Homeowner Associations in the county to decide what they want the county to do.

Cheryl Garcia of the HOFBG advised the audience that the county’s current ordinance characterizes an STVR as a “Bed and Breakfast” and must follow the ordinance requirements for B&Bs. Those include the owner/operator living on the site, one parking space for every bedroom, a requirement to

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

Stay Informed