A new incentive program for cab drivers pitched by the Mayor’s Office is up for discussion in License and Consumer Protection Committee today, as are restrictions for mobile food vendors along certain stretches in Lincoln Park and label changes for grease containers. One item noticeably missing from the agenda today: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed changes to regulations for home-sharing companies likeAirbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway.
Council sources say the holdup is not entirely due to Ald. Will Burns‘ (4) exit from City Council to lobby for Airbnb. Many stakeholders, including aldermen and lobbyists for condo, realtors, and hospitality interest groups, think the ordinance needs tinkering. Mayor Emanuel introduced an ordinance at City Council’s January meeting that would, according to a press release, allow the city to track units. Renters will have to “register their units with the city through a free and simple online process. House-sharing companies will also be able to register these units directly with the city.”