The Lincoln County Commission this week began getting serious about the specifics of managing the growth of Vacation Rental Dwellings – AKA – VRD’s – short term vacation homes, apartments and condos. The growth of VRD’s has been very rapid over the last 15 years enhancing the local community tax base, helping to fund city and county government services and smoothing out the highs and lows of our tourist economy.
But along with that comes a strain on those who live here permanently – in short – causing a very painful housing shortage for a significant part of the population.
County Counsel Wayne Belmont raised the issue of unlicensed VRDs. He said there is likely to be a lot of VRD’s out there in the county without VRD licenses and probably septic systems that can’t handle the flow produced by having 10 people in a house.
Belmont says the county will compare the number of VRD’s that are known and licensed while tracking down those who aren’t licensed and deal with them.
Belmont says further information on the status of VRD’s outside Lincoln County’s seven cities will help get a clearer picture of what Lincoln County is getting in to. It certainly goes without saying that with an already growing shortage of houses and apartments, it’s making it all but impossible for low to moderate income families to even live here.
The next step in the county’s analysis of the VRD industry will be presented to the commission by Mr. Belmont at a commission meeting in late August or early September.