FROM MONICA KIRK, Newport
Thank you for all the Lincoln County residents who signed our petition to limit vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. We received many hundreds of signed signature petition forms, but we were short of the 1,454 needed by August 5 to get it on the November ballot. This does not mean we failed or that the cause is lost – it means that five days was not enough time to gather sufficient signatures during pandemic restrictions.
So we are now collecting additional signatures to put the measure on the ballot in May, 2021, a much easier goal. Signatures already received will be saved and WILL count toward that 1,454 total, so if you already sent in a signed sheet, you do not need to send in another. However, if you have NOT already sent in a signed and dated petition form, now is the time!
Go to: 15neighborhoods.weebly.com to print out the pdf form.
Sign it in 2 places, date, and include your address. Mail the signed form to: 15neighborhoods, P.O. Box 390, Depoe Bay, OR 97341. (Each page must be an original — no scans, no copies, no emails.)
Now is also the time to gather additional signatures. Our new deadline is February 17, 2021for the May ballot. Please ask your friends and neighbors who are Lincoln County residents and registered voters to sign the petition to get this measure on the ballot and turn the tide back toward residents and away from extractive profiteers who do not even live in our neighborhoods.For those wondering what else you can do to further our grass-roots movement, here are four suggestions. The first is of critical importance:
1. Email your Lincoln County Commissioners and ask for an extension of the temporary suspension on new short-term rentals licenses until the voters have spoken. Currently it is set to expire on September 30, 2020. If it expires, the vacation rental problem will continue to get worse before it is even addressed by the County.
Chair, Kaety Jacobson: email@example.com
Commissioner Claire Hall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Doug Hunt: email@example.com
2. Ask the Commissioners to cap the number of short-term rentals allowed in unincorporated Lincoln County.
3. Ask the Commissioners to change short-term rental occupancy limits to two people per bedroom, effective within 30 days. The Commissioners are all on public record saying they think the current limit is too high, but they never acted to reduce it. This single action would help reduce the nuisance of vacation rentals in neighborhoods and there is no good reason not to enact it quickly.
4. Join our committee to restore the quality of life in our neighborhoods. This is a county-wide election and we need representatives from all of Lincoln County, not only the unincorporated neighborhoods. If you are interested, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support.
15 Neighborhoods and counting . . .