Lincoln City’s controversy over VRDs appears to be ending – with many more year-round VRDs possibly on the horizon
The long, drawn out dissension over vacation homes (VRDs) in Lincoln City, how many the town can hold and where they should be located, appears to be coming to a close. The Lincoln City City Council reviewed the recommendations of their city planning commission and no members of the public expressed any opposition to such a vision of the future of vacation home rentals in the city.
The bottom line is that there will be a lot more vacation rentals being created, mainly west of Highway 101, with what appears to be a conscious decision to leave areas east of Highway 101 as “regular” neighborhoods – although some of those east-of-101 neighborhoods already have some vacation rentals and could get more.
Implicit in the council’s discussions is the idea that Lincoln City is becoming more devoted to tourism. Regular home-town type neighborhoods will be limited pretty much to areas east of Highway 101, and perhaps for “The Villages” area at the north end of Lincoln City which some have alluded to as being where lower cost housing might be constructed. But again, in regular single family R-1 zones, VRDs can still operate 30 nights a year which could be 30 fridays or 30 saturdays a year.
The council reviewed the planning commission’s recommendations which will be discussed further during the council’s final deliberations on the new VRD-related zones August 29th, at 3pm. Anyone wanting to comment on the issue can still do so, in WRITING ONLY, with a deadline to get their comments to city hall by August 26th.
Here are the high points which will make vacation home rentals more common in neighborhoods that used to be devoted strictly to regular family-type neighborhoods and especially in neighborhoods that already have them. It’ll be up to the city council on August 29th to see how it all shakes out.
* For the R-1-5 zone where vacation home rentals were limited to 30 night rentals a year, they would become 365 night rentals a year.
* For regular R-1 zone single family home neighborhoods, vacation home rentals could be rented 30 nights a year. So, no more VRD-free neighborhoods. Over half of all weekends could have VRD renters right next door.
* VRDs would also be allowed in the R-M zone, also limited to 30 rental nights a year.
* VRDs would also be allowed for 365 nights a year in the Nelscott Beachside Mixed Use and Nelscott Business zones.
* VRDs would be allowed to operate 30 nights a year in the R-R zone.
* VRDs would be allowed to be rented 365 nights a year in the Taft Village Core.
* VRDs would be allowed to be rented 365 nights a year in the Oceanlake Plan District.
* One class of VRDs, those with an “accessory use” label attached to them, would be limited to 30 night rentals a year.
* VRDs in the R-1-5 zone would be capped in number to 10% of the number of lots in that zone, reviewing the cap upon completion of a housing needs and economic opportunities study, and consistency with the city’s comprehensive land use plan. In short, there could be MORE VRDs in the R-1-5 zone depending on the results of those studies which are aimed at determining whether Lincoln City has enough housing for low to middle income earners.
* Grandfathered VRDs would not be subject to the 30 night limitation and instead would keep their existing limitation, whatever is stated on their license.
* Notification to neighbors of a new VRD application would be made before the award of the license instead of after the fact, along with the right for the neighboring homeowner to appeal.
* Prohibit zoning any additional properties into the VR – Vacation Rental – zone.
* Allow triple-stacking of vehicles in a driveway as long as streets and sidewalks are not blocked.
* Consider not requiring 50% landscaping in VRD front yards.
At the end of the discussion, two well known VRD advocates asked the council to consider a more liberal approach to 30 night limitations saying 30 nights are not enough – that 90 nights a year would be better and more economically viable for VRD owners.
Again, the city council makes their final decisions on VRD zoning August 29th at 3pm at city hall. Written public comments on the issue are welcomed as long as they’re delivered to city hall no later than noon Wednesday, August 26th. No further verbal testimony from the public will be allowed during the council meeting on the 29th. All further deliberations on the issue will be limited strictly to the council.