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May 17: Public Hearing on Enacting a cap on number of Vacation Rental permits

San Juan County Council will hold a public hearing at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 17 virtually via TEAMS videoconferencing and in person beginning at 9:15 AM on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Click on this map and it takes you to Polaris and you'll be able to click on the green and red houses and read who has the permit and whether they are in compliance with the county's vacation rental regulations. 

The hearing is about a proposed ordinance that would establish a cap on permits for Vacation Rental of Residences or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Not to Exceed 1,200 Permits Countywide. 

At the hearing, members of the public will be invited to speak and/or provide written statements regarding the proposed Ordinance. A public comment sign up sheet is online. Speakers must sign up by 9 a.m. the day of the meeting. 

Written public comments can be sent to vrcomments@sanjuanco.com.  Written comments will be provided to the County Council and posted on the county's website. 

Written comments can be sent to the county council members at council@sanjuanco.com

After the public testimony portion of the hearing has ended, the Council will deliberate and consider modification to the Ordinance that are proposed by members of the public, County employees or the Council. 

The proposed Ordinance may then be approved with or without modifications.

There is currently a moratorium on processing applications for some areas of the San Juan Islands. It expires in July. Originally, the moratorium covered the entire county but after pushback from people involved in businesses that cater to visitors, real estate agents, and others, the area the moratorium covered was reduced. 

Two council members, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf campaigned on a promise to enact a moratorium and come up with a solution to problems caused by the limited housing stock being scooped up to be used as commercial businesses rather than housing for citizens. Since then Wolf has held fast to her campaign promises. Minney appears to have changed her mind after being lobbied. Council member Jaimie Stephens seems to not see any problems with unfettered increase of vacation rentals. 

Extensive information about the issue of vacation rentals can be read on the county's websiteThis page links to more than 20 documents. 

Vacation rental data is downloadable as excel documents from the reports page.

 

2 comments

  • susan r grout Tuesday, 17 May 2022 10:29 Comment Link Report

    Please put a moratorium on all vacation rentals. This is ruining our community. It's currently ruining all communities in desirable areas all over the country.
    Susan Grout

  • V. Williams Tuesday, 17 May 2022 07:29 Comment Link Report

    OUR TINY SHORELINE STREET HAS BEEN RUINED BY VACATION RENTERS. AT LEAST ONE APPLICATION IS PENDING WITH THE IDEA OF USING THE PERMIT AS A SELLING FEATURE WHEN THE CURRENT OWNER DIES. THESE CHANGES MAKE LIFE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD UNTENABLE,

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