The neighborhood of Oceano is taking steps to scale back the variety of trip rental properties and protect extra housing for residents.
The Oceano Advisory Council will introduce an ordinance that bans new trip leases within the inland space of the city positioned north and east of Freeway 1 and caps the variety of coastal leases at 100 in whole.
Chair Charles Varni, who authored the ordinance, stated it’s focused at full-time trip leases, which he stated take up area that might in any other case be utilized by residents as long-term leases.
“For us, it’s crucial and possibly primarily about preserving accessible housing inventory for long-term leases and everlasting residents,” he stated.
Below the proposed ordinance, current trip leases will likely be grandfathered in, permitting them to stay open, however will lose their permits when they’re offered.
At present, there are 18 energetic trip leases in inland Oceano and round 85 energetic leases within the coastal zone, Varni stated.
Varni additionally stated that Oceano is the final coastal neighborhood within the county with no trip rental ordinance, regardless of its tourism-heavy location.
The ordinance doesn’t cowl short-term leases like Airbnb partial or full-home stays, as an alternative focusing on dwellings that function full-time as trip leases. Varni stated short-term leases are much better for the neighborhood, as they’ll generate vacationer visitors sometimes whereas getting used as everlasting dwellings for Oceano’s resident inhabitants.
“I believe that this trip rental ordinance doesn’t do very a lot in any respect to squash tourism, however it is going to put a limitation on that sort of venue due to the opposite issues that include it,” Varni stated.
He stated in response to county figures, round 20% of Oceano’s housing inventory is comprised of trip or short-term leases, a quantity that may solely enhance because the city turns into extra tourism and trip pleasant.
Varni stated that although “a majority proportion of people that reside right here don’t work right here,” extra folks could possibly be working in Oceano sooner or later, which makes it vital to maintain housing inventory accessible for future Oceano residents.
“The financial pressures on Oceano are rising day by day when it comes to its attractiveness,” he stated. “It’s been found — it’s nonetheless one of many extra inexpensive coastal, you understand, coastal areas to get a property, and if and when Oceano finally turns into a vehicle-free seaside neighborhood, there’s going to be even higher pressures as a result of the property values are going up.”
The Advisory Council will maintain public remark classes on the ordinance on Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. in particular person within the Oceano Neighborhood Companies District assembly room and Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.
After the general public remark classes, the ordinance could obtain revisions, which the council will hear at its September conferences, set for the second and third Thursdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.