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OPEN LETTER to Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and LINCOLN COUNTY VOTERS

OPEN LETTER TO Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and LINCOLN COUNTY VOTERS
Ballot Measure 21-203 / Regulation of Short Term Rentals
  
THIS MEASURE AFFECTS ONLY residences in unincorporated Lincoln County – incorporated cities already have protections for residential zones.  If you live in a city, your property will not be affected by passing, but you CAN vote in favor. 
Please restore balance to our COUNTY residential neighborhoods by supporting regulations/limitations on Short Term Rentals.  
Our small unincorporated neighborhoods, zoned RESIDENTIAL,  between cities, are currently unprotected from the increasing numbers of SHORT TERM RENTALS, which are only lightly regulated and are causing a degradation of our small communities:
Commercial enterprises belong in Commercial Zoning. 
-RESIDENTIAL Zones should be protected by the Board of Commissioners.
There are constant issues with partying, more people in a rental than the license/septic system should allow, crowded parking, speeding, 
overflowing trash and an inability to get the owner or rental company “liason” to deal with such problems.
Young families have had to leave due to housing prices inflated by the STRs in my community of Otter Rock.  About 30 homes of 140 have converted to STRs and several homes have been built exclusively as STRs.  Existing home prices have increased by nearly 50% in the last couple of years. Long term rentals are becoming extinct.
There are fewer permanent residents available to fill local government road and water district vacancies.  There are fewer volunteers for schools, churches, local (tourist) attractions such as the Performing Arts Center and the Aquarium.  Our local roads are being used and abused by short term visitors who do not help pay for their upkeep on non-county maintained roads.  Some are converting bedrooms in their homes to nightly rentals.
The outside vacation rental industry can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to defeat our community’s future.  The small number of residents, about 525, cannot possibly raise enough funding to compete with corporate money coming from outside our communities and our state.
SURELY, THE QUALITY OF LIFE that drew us to live here has value.  That it cannot be measured, is proof that it is PRICELESSPlease help us protect RESIDENTIAL, family neighborhoods.
Please vote to regulate & phase out STRs in the county areas (outside city limits).  VOTE YES ON 21-203
Sincerely, 
Patricia Anderson
Otter Rock, Oregon
503-910-5962

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