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
"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
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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