An out of town couple who own a small house on Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City has “so far” been given the green light on becoming the latest owner of a a Vacation Rental Dwelling, or VRD. But the neighbors are upset about it. Those neighbors told the city’s planning commission that another VRD in their neighborhood would disrupt traffic because it would attract more vehicles on a narrow dead-end street, NE Lake, where the home is located. The neighbors told planning commissioners that the “VRD-in-waiting” has only two parking spots – maybe 2.5 if you push it. But the planning commission ruled – and the city attorney agreed – that as long as only 2 vehicles, and maybe a very small car, park on the home’s property, they’re legal.
But surrounding neighbors told the commission that NE Lake Avenue dead-ends where they live and that VRD owners are notorious for allowing more than the maximum number of vehicles to park outside their VRDs. Neighbors also complained that the “VRD-in waiting” on NE Lake is right next to their clustered mailboxes, further adding to street congestion which is a threat to pedestrians. “It’s a personal safety hazard,” they claim.
But in the end, the planning commission hung tough. They cited the fact that the house is in a VRD zone and that this particular VRD has the minimum number of parking spaces to be legal.
Planning commissioners were further supported by their city attorney who claimed if the VRD exceeds the limit of parked vehicles, Lincoln City Police will come out and cite and/or tow the ones that are illegally parked. The VRD owner can also be cited and told that repeated occurrences of illegal parking will likely lead not only to more tickets, but also the cancelling of his VRD license. That license revocation would be ordered by the Lincoln City City Council.