CASTLE ROCK — Fortress Rock officers need to regulate its small quantity of trip houses earlier than extra short-term leases transfer into the small city.
Officers are contemplating limiting the quantity of whole houses 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 the town’s planning fee on Wednesday evening. After the planning fee assembly, the Fortress Rock Metropolis Council must vote to finalize the adjustments. Rachel Granrath, one of many planners contracted to work with the town, stated the concept got here from commissioners after metropolis employees noticed a rise in questions on short-term leases.
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“The town doesn’t have many but, however we needed to get forward of the curve. If of us need to are available in, we’ll have a pre-established code to work with,” Granrath stated.
The code’s stricter rules are for houses which are being fully rented out for brief durations of time, however over giant parts of the 12 months, and with out property homeowners staying on website. The proposed code caps that kind of short-term rental at two per proprietor and 11 for your complete metropolis of Fortress Rock.
The cap shouldn’t have an effect on the restricted variety of short-term leases at present within the metropolis. A latest search on Airbnb’s web site confirmed three properties described as being in Fortress Rock however could fall exterior of metropolis limits. One other rental web site, VRBO, confirmed a number of rental houses between Fortress Rock and Toutle however none inside the metropolis.
The opposite kind of short-term rental is rooms inside a bigger dwelling which are rented out or houses which are rented for fewer than 90 days a 12 months. Both of those rental sorts are broadly permitted so long as the proprietor both lives on website or gives contact data for a close-by one that can reply to points with the rental.
“The fee and management in Fortress Rock need to strike a stability between the personal property rights aspect 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 the town’s rules for dwelling occupancy companies.
The proposed adjustments are supposed to simplify the earlier code by reducing sections that gave completely different necessities for occupations primarily based out of accent models or houses on main arterial roads. Granrath stated the replace wouldn’t change any of the enterprise sorts which are allowed in neighborhoods.