Correction: VRD regulations take effect December 1st
Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday took a step closer to having an updated set of operational rules for vacation rental dwellings – vacation homes that run like hotels in the middle of regular residential neighborhoods.
Some VRDs are run by very responsible owners and are not a drag on their neighbors. But other operators/owners can drive their neighbors crazy with loud parties, trash everywhere, parking all over the street or on lawns. In short, being a stand-out ugly neighbor.
But commissioners also noted that vacation dwellings, located outside city limits, contribute substantially to Lincoln County’s economy through tourism room tax and escalated property taxes.
The county’s new VRD laws include new regulations that limit noise, require regularly scheduled trash pickup and complies with the required number of parking spaces. The idea of grandfathering some of the larger VRDs (sleeping up to 20 to 25 overnight guests) could be preserved but only if they have enough off-street parking for their guests.
The new county regulations are expected to be approved in form within a week. However, the new rules won’t take effect until December 1st to allow “grandfathered VRDs” to adjust to the new rules. Some mega-VRDs, built years ago, want to go on sleeping high numbers of guests. But they won’t be given permission to continue that unless they provide enough parking for the long list of guests their facilities can accommodate.
Full VRD enforcement begins December 1st, with heavy reliance on the Sheriff’s Office to ensure that the rules are being followed by ALL VRDs. Failure to follow the rules subjects the owners to having their VRD license cancelled.