July 21, 2017

Santa Cruz vacation rental panel makes final conclusions

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This West Cliff Drive home near Swift Street is advertised on the VRBO vaction rental site. Santa Cruz is studying the issue of putting limits on short-term vacation rentals. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) SANTA CRUZ >> A Santa Cruz committee charged with finding a fair way to regulate the city’s residential vacation rental industry has come up with a series of recommendations.

Though a finalized report summarizing the Short Term Vacation Rental Subcommittee’s findings is still pending, recommendations spelled out by the group over 16 hours in seven separate meetings touch on a variety of issues. The group grappled with concerns such as distinguishing between rentals that have a property owner onsite from “unhosted” rentals. They also discussed grandfathering some rentals, where to allow additional rentals and distance between units.

One recommendation includes allowing an additional 75 new vacation rental owners to register, but keeping them confined within the city’s coastal zone, where two-thirds of such rentals already are located, and no less than 500 feet apart.

“It might be challenging to find another 75 that could be legally done, at all,” committee member David Green Baskin said during the group’s final meeting last week.

The politically-charged issue has pitted private […]

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