CASTLE ROCK — Fort Rock officers want to regulate its small quantity of trip properties earlier than extra short-term leases transfer into the small city.
Officers are contemplating limiting the quantity of complete properties out there to briefly lease, in addition to requiring enterprise licenses and annual renewals for all short-term leases. Quick-term leases are thought of properties rented out for lower than a month at a time.
The proposed new code modification is scheduled to be voted on by town’s planning fee on Wednesday night time. After the planning fee assembly, the Fort Rock Metropolis Council must vote to finalize the adjustments. Rachel Granrath, one of many planners contracted to work with town, stated the concept got here from commissioners after metropolis employees noticed a rise in questions on short-term leases.
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“Town doesn’t have many but, however we needed to get forward of the curve. If of us wish to are available in, we’ll have a pre-established code to work with,” Granrath stated.
The code’s stricter rules are for properties which can be being totally rented out for brief intervals of time, however over massive parts of the 12 months, and with out property house owners staying on web site. The proposed code caps that sort of short-term rental at two per proprietor and 11 for all the metropolis of Fort Rock.
The cap shouldn’t have an effect on the restricted variety of short-term leases at the moment within the metropolis. A current search on Airbnb’s web site confirmed three properties described as being in Fort Rock however could fall exterior of metropolis limits. One other rental web site, VRBO, confirmed a number of rental properties between Fort Rock and Toutle however none throughout the metropolis.
The opposite sort of short-term rental is rooms inside a bigger house which can be rented out or properties which can be rented for fewer than 90 days a 12 months. Both of those rental varieties are broadly permitted so long as the proprietor both lives on web site or supplies contact info for a close-by one that can reply to points with the rental.
“The fee and management in Fort Rock wish to strike a steadiness between the personal property rights facet of issues and sustaining group character,” Granrath stated.
The planners and fee members are additionally engaged on one other housing code change: an replace to town’s rules for house occupancy companies.
The proposed adjustments are supposed to simplify the earlier code by slicing sections that gave completely different necessities for occupations primarily based out of accent items or properties on main arterial roads. Granrath stated the replace wouldn’t change any of the enterprise varieties which can be allowed in neighborhoods.