Short-Term Rental Update
On July 8, the Monterey County Planning Commission met to consider the a letter to the Board of Supervisors asking for guidance on their consideration of a draft ordinance on short-term rentals (lately re-named "Vacation Rentals") which the commission had previously asked a committee four members to draft. Here is the first page:
Dear Chair Lopez and Members of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors:
The Monterey County Planning Commission is taking the unusual step of writing a letter to you about the draft regulations for vacation (short-term) rentals to accompany your staff report. At our June 10 Planning Commission hearing, we were unable to provide a recommendation on the draft proposed ordinances until several fundamental policy questions are addressed and further detailed analysis is conducted. This letter outlines policy questions we believe the Board of Supervisors
should address so we can proceed to an efficient and effective environmental review.
The draft ordinances represent county Staff’s best effort at addressing a variety of issues and concerns that have been raised by both the Public and Planning Commissioners over the years. Many provisions specifically reflect direction from the Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
However, in our most recent hearing, we still lack clarity about the basis for several underlying assumptions in key policy areas.
In order to make best use of the environmental review process, among many other requirements the following questions will need to be carefully considered:
• Affordable Housing: How will a new Vacation Rental ordinance affect affordable housing?
• Support, Monitoring and Enforcement: How will we effectively support, monitor and enforce new vacation rental ordinances?
• Character and Intensity: Staff assumes vacation rental is a ‘similar use’ consistent with character and intensity of residential use. Is there sufficient evidence to support this assumption?
• Visitor Serving Unit Caps: How do Vacation Rentals affect Visitor Serving Unit counts in areas with Visitor Serving Unit caps, if at all?
• Unique Neighborhoods: Some developments claim unique circumstances. Should developments such as this be provided with special rules?