Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday slapped a two month freeze on accepting new applications for Vacation Rental Dwellings (VRD’s) in the unincorporated areas of the county (outside city limits). During the VRD application freeze county staff will more closely study the pluses and minuses of adding additional VRD units on top of the plethora of units already in place. Some of them are illegal according to one official.
To help sort out the details of VRDs’ impact on established neighborhoods, as well as elsewhere, the commissioners have authorized the hiring of another code enforcement officer who will comb through resort magazines and other publications that have considerable VRD advertisements and single out those VRD ads for which there is no VRD license on file with the county.
The VRD industry is extremely lucrative for property owners and there are many applications pending at the Lincoln County Courthouse. There are many other VRD hopefuls that have not yet filed applications. VRDs substantially add to the county’s tourist economy and tax base. But the down side is that it leaves many Lincoln County families with fewer and fewer homes and apartments to rent (rents have recently skyrocketed) which adds to the growing ranks of those who have to resort to sleeping in cars or pitching tents in out-of-the-way spots in the woods or secluded stretches of local beaches.
This problem is not unique to the Oregon Coast. Nationwide, the decline of regular home construction after the 2008 recession means fewer homes are being built because, in the meantime, many construction workers have found other jobs. In addition, current construction wages, like many others, have not kept up with inflation due to the decline of unions and union labor.
But the housing cavalry may have finally arrived. Across the country there is an increase in building homes and apartments which relies on modular-type construction. Modular construction frequently builds better and faster-built apartments and condos for considerably lower cost – 20% to 40% less than stick-built. A leading construction firm in Boise, Idaho – Guerdon Modular Buildings (among a lot of others) – have been participating in all the technological breakthroughs in how apartments, condos, motels and hotels nationwide, are being built. It’s especially good news for cities and counties who have residents who can barely afford their current dwelling or can’t afford a dwelling at all.
For those interested in all these developments, the company’s website can be found at GuerdonModularBuildings.com. Again it is only one large builder of modular buildings. Similar modular constructors are now operating all over the country – a very small segment of which can be found below:
1) https://www.pinterest.com/rethinkmodular/modular-highrise-and-midrise-construction/ Click here
2) https://www.guerdonmodularbuildings.com/our-work-category/multifamily-housing/ Click here
3) https://www.rcmgroupe.com/en/achievements/2-apartments-and-condominiums.php Click here
4) https://www.reminetwork.com/articles/modular-apartments-offer-modern-solutions/. Click here
5) https://palomarmodular.com/industries/multi-family-housing/ Click here
6) https://hickokcole.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FABULOUS-PRE-FAB_PRESENTATION-sm-2.pdf Click here