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Community Voices

Newport
Struggling to maintain its livability…

Newport is beautiful, welcoming, and “the friendliest”.  We are so grateful to call Newport home for almost 50 years.  We have seen our community grow and change.  Change is certainly part of life.  Some are good.  Some not so good – nor welcome. 

Short Term Rentals or STRs, are damaging our residential neighborhoods.  Some people might not know about STRs, so they are not aware or understand the harm STRs can cause within our residential communities.  STRs need to be licensed, with regulations and code enforcement.  There needs to be a maximum or cap number of STRs allowed.  Lifestyles and environments vary by area.   Lincoln County is at the blinking yellow light right now.  Are we going to step on the gas to beat the red or are we going to slow down, stop and take action now to do the best for our community.

Owners may have a home on the coast and live some distance and may or may not have a management service to keep the house in order. Therefore problems may occur of which they have no knowledge.  Now the problem belongs to the neighborhood and local code enforcement and becomes quite difficult.  Problems result from irresponsibility of the owner or renter.  These include: too many people in the house, garbage/trash left behind, sewage from overflowing septic systems, parking jams, excessive noise and late night parties to mention a few.  These concerns may occur wherever the STR location.

The bottom line is STRs do not belong in single family residential zones or R1.

There are opportunities for STR’s to be zoned in multi family zones and commercial zones like Nye Beach and the Bay Front.  Tourism is vital to the coastal community but must be well managed.  Newport is glad to welcome visitors while using good, sound, common sense with respect for our community.  This zoning requires standards, license, regulation and code enforcement.  Room tax should be a part of the license which then would pay for the costs associated and a large portion for code enforcement.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhonda Harman

Newport, Or 97365

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