Thinking perhaps that the second time will be the charm, VRD “reform group” member John Skipper has filed new citizens initiative petitions that he and his group hope will give Lincoln City residents more say on the future of the town’s vacation rental industry or short term rentals as they’re sometimes referred to. They’re basically homes that rent just like hotels but they’re in the middle of regular residential neighborhoods.
Skipper’s group wants to end to what has amounted to years of political battles between those who want to fully exploit the demand for vacation rentals versus those who don’t want what they call mini-hotels moving into established neighborhoods and being a chronic source of disruption for the neighbors. Skipper’s group contends VRDs can be good neighbors as enforced by city codes on noise, trash and parking while providing the community substantial economic development.
The new petitions are being reviewed by the Lincoln City Clerk Recorder to ensure their form and content meet state mandated minimums. The first batch of petitions did not meet those standards as determined by the city and so were rejected.