Santa Rosa is poised to think about capping the variety of short-term leases that may function within the metropolis amid a surge of purposes and regular circulate of complaints from neighbors.

Underneath the proposed modifications, town would restrict the variety of permits issued for trip leases the place the proprietor doesn’t stay on the property — often known as non-hosted leases — to 215 citywide and prohibit new purposes as soon as the ordinance is adopted.

Different modifications would make clear that enforcement applies to each allow holders and operators grandfathered in previous to town adopting rules and set up an annual renewal price.

Complaints about trip leases proceed to pour into Metropolis Corridor, which solely imposed guidelines for parking, occupancy and noise final 12 months — comparatively late within the increase of short-term leases in Wine Nation over the previous decade.

The frequency and nature of complaints and the variety of permits being requested, made “clear that non-hosted (short-term rental) actions have been impacting public well being, welfare and security and limiting the long-term availability of housing throughout the metropolis,” Senior Planner Shari Meads wrote in a report back to the council.

The Metropolis Council will contemplate the brand new emergency rules Tuesday and, if accepted, the principles would instantly go into impact. An urgency ordinance requires passage by a minimum of 5 of the seven council members.

The council in October adopted a framework for short-term leases to function in Santa Rosa that sought to scale back fireplace security dangers, protect housing inventory and shield residential traits of neighborhoods. The ordinance regulates the place leases can function, how many individuals can keep in a single day, bans leases from getting used for occasions and requires operators to pay occupancy taxes and different charges amongst different necessities.

For the reason that guidelines have been accepted, 120 permits have been issued and almost 150 purposes are underneath evaluate, with the bulk being for non-hosted leases. An out of doors agency final 12 months discovered that as many as 358 properties have been marketed on varied web sites previous to town enacting guidelines.

Residents fed up with trip leases of their neighborhood have referred to as on town to enact stricter working guidelines and act on the a whole lot of complaints filed with town.

Sonoma County acted final week within the face of comparable stress, widening areas the place leases are prohibited and capping the variety of leases elsewhere outdoors cities.

Santa Rosa workers stated the proposed modifications are restricted in scope and extra complete amendments are anticipated subsequent spring.

New guidelines search to handle improve in complaints

There have been 282 purposes submitted for a short-term rental allow as of Aug. 5, in keeping with town. Of these:

  • Ninety-six permits have been issued for non-hosted leases and 24 have been issued for hosted leases.
  • Six permits have been denied, together with one hosted rental that was denied due to unlawful building. The others have been non-hosted leases that have been denied due to overconcentration. The town prohibits new non-hosted leases from working inside 1,000 toes of an present rental.
  • Eleven purposes have been withdrawn.
  • The town is reviewing 101 purposes for non-hosted leases and 44 for hosted leases.

Underneath the proposed modifications, planning workers would cap the variety of non-hosted leases at 215 and stop new purposes from being submitted. The cap would give workers time to evaluate and approve pending purposes and supply a cushion for any new purposes filed by Tuesday’s listening to, in keeping with town.

Simply 18 further non-hosted permits could possibly be submitted and accepted underneath the cap if all of the purposes underneath evaluate are accepted.

The cap wouldn’t apply to hosted short-term leases the place the property proprietor lives on the dwelling or on the property.

The ordinance would even be up to date to make clear that operators thought of in good standing are topic to enforcement similar to allow holders. Operators in good standing have registered to pay lodging taxes and have utilized for a allow underneath town’s short-term rental ordinance however are awaiting approval.

After three violations inside a 12 months, operators would face a superb of $2,000 and have their good standing designation revoked, which means they must stop operations.

The modifications would set up a course of for renewing permits and an annual renewal price of $256.

The brand new guidelines will assist handle a rise in complaints and violations associated to non-hosted leases operated by each allow holders and operators in good standing, Meads stated.

The town has obtained 180 complaints for the reason that ordinance was enacted in October, most for noise, overcrowding, parking and unpermitted leases, in keeping with town.

Meads stated complaints and violations have proven the potential for non-hosted leases particularly to be a nuisance and hurt neighboring property homeowners. They will additionally pose public security hazards, she stated.

Overcrowding and parking violations can impression the power for folks to soundly evacuate neighborhoods throughout fires or different emergencies and restrict emergency entry if vehicles are lined on slender roads. Having a revolving door of renters may also make it onerous to speak and educate folks about emergencies and evacuation plans, she stated.

You possibly can attain Workers Author Paulina Pineda at 707-521-5268 or [email protected] On Twitter @paulinapineda22.