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Allowing more vacation rentals in Depoe Bay

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The controversial issue of vacation rentals has made landfall in Depoe Bay. The town’s planning commission is grappling with how to bolster the local tourism economy while not disrupting other segments of the town – namely single family neighborhoods.

The request was put to the city planning commission to examine how more vacation rentals could be established in Depoe Bay.

The proposal that appears on its way to being given consideration by the city council is one that includes vacation rentals within what are “Planned Developments,” something a bit shy of a full-fledged housing subdivision. The proposed regulations for vacation rentals within “planned developments” would include a 25% limitation on the total land area being dedicated to vacation rentals.

There would also have to be plenty of parking – both on and off site. The provisions also call for no overflowing adjacent street parking. Limit two people to a bedroom. Things like noise, trash pickup or parking problems would be reportable to a 24/7 phone number to take complaints and to get busy fixing the problems.

The proposed regulations also envision strict city code enforcement to ensure that vacation rentals are good neighbors, no matter where they are set up inside the city.

Another public hearing on all this is set for mid-November. If there’s little or no opposition from the public, the planning commission’s ruling on the application would be the final one. If the decision of the planning commission is challenged, it would go before the city council for its review and decision.

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