Listen: South Lake Tahoe, Pacific Grove measures to limit vacation rentals winning
"You're listening to the spoken edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. South Lake Tahoe Pacific grove measures to limit vacation rentals winning by Kathleen Pender from business to California. Tourist towns could be on the verge of banning vacation home rentals in residential neighborhoods. Valid measures to face how short term rentals are narrowly ahead in south Lake Tahoe and wellhead in Pacific grove both cities have seen a surge and Bakke shin rentals since the advent of do it yourself rental sites such as VR B O dot com and Airbnb those preliminary results stand in stark contrast to a similar measure in the resort community of Palm Springs which lost by a wide margin in June. In Pacific grove on the Monterey peninsula. Fifty eight point two percent of five thousand two hundred thirty three votes. Counted were in favor of measure m which would ban short term rentals of less than thirty days in residential areas outside the coastal zone and face out existing ones within eighteen months in south Lake Tahoe a measure to shutdown short term rentals outside the tourist core area. After three years is leading with fifty one point two percent of four thousand five hundred seventy seven votes cast that narrow one hundred thirteen vote margin could change when all vote by mail ballots. Are counted Eldorado county has up to thirty days to certify the election. The grassroots group that gathered enough signatures to place measure t on the ballot hasn't claimed victory. It's still pretty promising at this point said Peggy Borland a leader with Tahoe neighborhoods group almost fourteen hundred of south lake tahoe's, roughly eighteen hundred licensed vacation rentals are outside the. Tourist core measure Tepe passes, those fourteen hundred rentals could continue operating through twenty twenty one. But if they're sold or go out of business that permit could not go to someone else like it can now after three years any that remained could no longer operate short term rentals, although they could rant for more than thirty days at a time. One provisions of the measure would take effect ten days after results are certified and accepted by the city. It would reduce occupancy limits on short term rentals in residential areas. That could impact some existing reservations, although the south Lake Tahoe city attorney said last week that some enforcement discretion will have to be used in December south Lake Tahoe. Capped short term rentals in residential neighborhoods at fourteen hundred and implemented regulations and steep fines aimed at curbing noise and parking complaints. Borland said her group started an initiative campaign after failing to reach a compromise. With city council that would have said a lower cap on vacation rentals and required a minimum distance between. Lean them most vacation home couldn't vote on the measure because their primary residence is elsewhere. Although vacation homeowners could argue the measure would deprive them Bright's. They had when they purchased the property Boylan said those of us that bought our houses in residential neighborhoods. Have had the rules changed on us. I didn't buy my house in nineteen seventy five to be living next to a motel all three city council. Members who were up for reelection, including mayor, Wendy, David opposed measure, t and all three appear to have lost David said, she was saddened by the outcome and believed her loss was one of the unfortunate fallouts of measure t the three apparent winners. Also opposed measure t but were part of the council that set the rules and camps that supporters found inadequate David said, she knew the vote would be close because most people understood both sides of the issue. But once they got into the voting booth it probably came down to whether they felt short term rentals were disrupting their lives or crucial to their livelihoods. We are hopeful. That a compromise can be reached said Jerry Bendel general manager forced suites resort and director of the south Lake Tahoe launching association, which opposed measure t if the measure passes any changes would need voter approval. However, it's possible that the city could reach a compromise through zoning perhaps by expanding the tourist core area. He said asked what other tours towns could learn from this Bendall said every towns dynamic is a little bit different. They need to understand how short term rentals affect everything from housing shortages to tourism. And try your best to be proactive and come up with a balance before it comes to a vote that maybe nobody wanted. He said the lodging association of post measure, even though it could benefit some members who own hotels and motels because it couldn't predict the impact on tax revenues the economy and recreation center that's supposed to be funded with a tax on vacation rentals. Those are wildcards. We don't know what's going to happen. Bendall said adding that the mountain towns still welcomes. Tourists opponents of measure t raised three hundred sixty five thousand dollars compared with less than two thousand dollars by proponents."
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