The Airbnb Inc. application and website are displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone and iPad in this arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, March 21, 2014. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

The Arlington County Board took its first steps Saturday toward regulating short-term home-sharing rentals such as Airbnb by advertising public hearings on the proposal.

The Virginia General Assembly last winter sought to set law state-wide on the issue, but Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) delayed its implementation by referring the matter to the Virginia Housing Commission. Arlington board members said that if the legislature passes a new law in the 2017 session, it will preempt local regulations, but they hope to influence the state with a local law. More than 1,600 Arlington homes were advertised for rental through Airbnb in July.

A public hearing will be set for Nov. 2, with additional hearings before the Planning Commission Nov. 30 and a County Board vote Dec. 10.