Is there a Vacation Rental problem in your residential neighborhood?
Then show up at the City Council meeting
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020, 6 p.m.
Newport City Hall
The topic of Phase Out of vacation rentals in areas where they are no longer allowed is on the agenda at the TUESDAY, January 21 City Council meeting.
The version of the short-term rental ordinance that passed last May did not include a Phase-Out in areas where vacation rentals are no longer allowed, but all earlier ordinance proposals had, including the one proposed by the City’s Planning Commission. The City Manager assured us that discussion on Phase-Out, and how long a phase-out period was reasonable, would be addressed within the year. It’s time for that discussion to begin and that’s why we placed this matter on the Agenda. We need YOU to show up to show community interest, even if your neighborhood is not directly impacted.
With the new ordinance in place, residents of R1 and R2 neighborhoods anticipated relief from most of the negative vacation rental effects, but bad behavior is not diminishing. It turns out parking violations cannot be enforced if cars are on public streets. Over-occupancy cannot be proven unless a police officer enters a dwelling. Most violations occur on weekends and holidays, but the Community Services Officer is not on duty those days. Home rentals to groups of 18 or more continue because they’re grandfathered in. Documented violations do not become strikes if the problem is corrected. The result is, the intended enforcement is not happening at the street level. It’s time for a Phase-Out of vacation rentals in neighborhoods where they are already no longer allowed.
All we’re asking is for YOU to attend, indicating a show of support for residents who still have concerns about vacation rentals in their R1 and R2 neighborhoods. You do not need to speak. Feel free to leave en masse immediately after the Agenda item concludes to display the number of audience members who care about this topic.
Please show up: TUESDAY, JANUARY 21st. Meeting starts at 6 p.m.