Two duplexes proposed to become VRD’s voted down by Lincoln City City Council
By a 5 to 1 vote Lincoln City City Councilors Monday night turned down a proposal to transform two residential duplexes into four vacation rental dwellings, known as VRD’s. The City Council’s vote mirrored an earlier vote of the City Planning Commission which also turned the idea down.
The twin duplexes are located at NW 31st and NW Jetty and back up against a long time established residential neighborhood. Some of those residents were concerned that their neighborhood might be overrun by more and more vacation rentals.
A few weeks earlier the Lincoln City Planning Commission came up with the same notion – that in these days of scarce affordable/workforce housing, not to mention skyrocketing sales prices, the city should be preserving what affordable and/or work-force housing still exists. If the tourism industry want more VRDs, they should build them where they’re best suited – away from established residential neighborhoods.
When the City Council voted on the twin-duplex conversion they voted 5 to 1 to keep the duplexes as they are. They won’t become vacation rentals. The move means that the nearby Cho Surfrider Hotel, whose owners were hoping to convert the duplexes in to VRD’s, will have to come up with some other creative ideas to expand their VRD inventory.