An effort to slow down the number of vacation rentals in the unincorporated areas of Lincoln County, the state Land Use Board Appeals (LUBA) reacted by pulling the rug out from under those permanent residents who have been trying to slow down the emergence of vacation rentals outside city limits. State LUBA stepped in and invalidated the measure saying it’s is in violation of state law that governs counties. The group, 15 Neighborhoods, is trying to slow down things down. 15 Neighborhood’s Monica Kirk and Michelle Riley have 21 days to appeal LUBA’s ruling.
In the meantime control over vacation rentals outside of city limits rests with Lincoln County officials who are still wrestling with Ordinance 523 which is still being argued in county circuit court. County officials are evaluating existing vacation rentals to determine which areas of the county can meet the needs of out of town visitors. And of course, the more visitors means more revenue for Lincoln County. which results in a considerable amount of tourist-related money that winds up in county’s coffers.
We’ll see how things turn out.