WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Lincoln County Commissioners to ascertain status of VRDs in areas outside city limits

Report on Lincoln County’s VRD licensing program

Vacation Rental Dwellings
Good source of room tax revenues as well as increasing complaints from neighbors – loud parties and streets choked with cars. Rising numbers of VRDs also reduce available residential housing which drives up rental prices on what’s left (and shrinking).

A report on Lincoln County’s VRD licensing program and potential options for action will be presented to the county Board of Commissioners at their May 29 meeting. Board Chair Claire Hall said no decisions will be made at this time.

In 2016, the county adopted a licensing and enforcement program for VRDs outside city limits. Almost 500 VRDs have been licensed in the three-year period since the ordinance went into effect.

According to Hall, the Board has asked for information about potential steps for dealing with VRDs on septic tanks (about two-thirds of all currently licensed VRDs) and addressing issues with the local contact requirement for complaints about rentals.

The Board has also requested potential alternatives for further regulation of VRDs.

If the Commissioners decide to move forward in any of these areas, there would be a directive to staff to develop more, specific proposals for citizen input and further review before any actions are taken.

The Board meeting begins at 9:30 am in the Commissioners Conference Room #108 on the first floor of the Courthouse, 225 W. Olive Street, Newport

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