Ordinance 453 - Short Term Rentals:
This topic has been prevalent in common resort and tourism-oriented communities for several years now. People who choose this type of lodging are often looking for a more economical way to travel as a group or are seeking a different type of experience than the traditional hotel/motel or bed & breakfast establishment provides. Some concerns raised with renting out private homes are those of public safety, traffic or parking on roads; public health, safe drinking water supplies or adequate sewage treatment systems; location, impact on the neighborhoods due to factors like loud activity; and fairness, putting renters on a level regulatory playing field with resorters, who are held to a much higher standard.
Early in 2017, the City Council first discussed this topic at a work session meeting. At that time, there was no action taken or direction given regarding a possible ordinance. Recently, short term rentals have been brought to the attention of the City Council and again it was discussed at a February 2018 work session meeting. After their most recent discussion, the City Council directed staff to begin work on a draft ordinance regarding short term rentals. The Planning Commission began to discuss the proposed draft Ordinance 453 at their March 26, 2018 meeting and continued the public hearing to their April 23, 2018 meeting. A copy of the proposed draft Ordinance 453 can be found below.