Hartland board grants conditional use permit to bed-and-breakfast

By Brandon Anderegg - Freeman Staff

Sept. 26, 2017

HARTLAND - The Hartland Village Board members voted unanimously Monday night to issue a conditional use permit for the Filipp B&B, an Airbnb ran by Steven and Elisa Filipp at 450 Park Court in a subdivision of Hartland called The Sanctuary.

Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service that enables people to lease or rent short-term lodging around the world. Airbnb connects people to travel experiences in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries, according to the Airbnb website.

Village staff became aware of the operation at a Joint Architectural Board/Plan Commission meeting on Aug. 21 after neighbors raised concern about the operation, according to a memo issued by Village Administrator David Cox.

At the Monday meeting, board members asked how many cars the Filipps would allow guests to have parked outside the residence as well as how many rooms could be rented.

"There's two rooms we rent out and we restrict to one vehicle," said Steven Filipp.

Board members also discussed what would happen if guests invited additional people and whether those additional guests could spend the night.

"They wouldn't be able to spend the night," said Filipp. "We typically rent out one group for two rooms."

Filipp said he was glad the board made its decision based on facts rather than emotion. He said he enjoys conversations with guests and that he has had a great experience with each of them thus far.

"The majority of people who use them (their rooms) are for people who come back home," said Filipp. "You meet people from all over and it gives you ideas."

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