The Depoe Bay City Council decided Tuesday evening to loosen up their Vacation Home Rentals regulations – but just a little.
A developer who wants to build luxury homes at the north end of town and upslope from Highway 101, wants to sprinkle in some Vacation Home Rentals (VHRs) across his development. Up until that moment Depoe Bay required all VHRs be located in commercial zones which excluded them from regular residential neighborhoods.
But city councilors pointed to their city Planning Commission with their nearly two years of holding hearings and then coming up with a 15% figure…that 15% of the housing within what’s called a “Planned Development” be Vacation Rentals. Planned Developments have more stringent development requirements than the average housing subdivision. So it means that only high quality Planned Developments would be allowed to have Vacation Home Rentals and then only 15% of the Planned Development would be allowed to involve vacation rentals.
City Councilor Robert Gambino told News Lincoln County that code enforcement would involve both law enforcement and city Public Works Superintendent Brady Weidner as they are today with vacation rentals which operate inside commercial zones. Typically, complaints about VHRs involve too many cars parked off site, fugitive garbage and noise.
Councilor Gambino said there was a collective sense of the council that the ordinance change allowing VHRs outside commercial zones may need some tweaking down the road but that they’ll just have to see how it goes from here.
Neighbor complains “That harbor light is way too bright!”
A woman who lives just up hill from the Community Hall and looks down onto the harbor told the city council Tuesday night that she’s got a problem. She told the councilors that whoever replaced the harbor channel navigation light installed one that’s way too bright. She complained that between the light and the reflection off the water, it lights up her house like the middle of the day – which makes it hard to sleep and for just walking around inside her home. The resident was told by city officials that the light belongs to the Coast Guard but that the city will contact the Coast Guard and see if they can put mini barn doors on the light to make sure it’s aimed only in the direction of the channel that comes in from the ocean. It’s called an aid to navigation light. And as everyone knows, the Depoe Bay harbor entrance can be pretty treacherous at times. So the city is going to contact the Coast Guard to see what can be done to better focus the light where it’s needed – not where it’s not needed.