On June 27, City Council held a workshop where members of the public were able to offer their thoughts on the City’s proposed Short Term Rental ordinance. Many great ideas were offered and misunderstandings were clarified. The workshop lasted for about 3 hours, and at the end, Council gave the City Attorney direction to revise the ordinance before it goes back to the Planning Commission on July 22.
Some key changes:
Single and Collective Certificates (the ability for licensed agents to register multiple STRs under one application, thereby reducing the cost).
Have a low registration fee to gain maximum compliance.
Explicitly state in the ordinance (not just the “where as” section, which is to present the City’s legislative intent) that single-family, two-family, or townhouse dwelling units subject to deed restrictions and/or covenants of a homeowners’ association, condominium units, and owner-occupied dwelling units renting any portion thereof shall not be subject to the regulations of this ordinance.
Have an initial inspection, but then follow-up inspections only if there is a change in ownership or after any major modifications.
Define maximum occupancy by bedrooms and sq ft of living area.
The public has three more opportunities to have input into this ordinance.
July 22: Planning Commission, 7pm
August 5: City Council – First Reading, 7pm
August 19: City Council – Second Reading, 7pm