Tourism: Rainier drafts a decree on seasonal rental | New


The Rainier Planning Commission is examining options to increase tourism in the city.

After starting the process in May, Rainier is ready to move forward with a proposed short-term vacation rental ordinance.

After Citizen Rainier Delilah Laughlin approached the city a few months ago to buy a home and list it on Airbnb, city administrator Scott Jorgensen told city council they needed to pass a formal ordinance for them. short term vacation rentals.

Having a special order for Airbnb is not uncommon for cities, and most cities that receive regular tourism have adopted codified guidelines. Jorgensen expected Rainier to pass an ordinance sooner or later due to the city’s growing tourism, according to the planning committee’s minutes. Plus, Airbnb could be an economic boost for the city, he said.

“One of the benefits of Airbnb is that it helps the average citizen who maybe has an extra bedroom and doesn’t use it, and that allows them to generate more income,” Jorgensen told the Chief. “On the consumer side… it’s good to have the option. Sometimes an Airbnb is just a better setup for you.

With the approval of the commission, Jorgensen moved forward in drafting an ordinance. He presented Seaside and Cannon Beach ordinances to the planning board. Jorgensen said the commission liked the Seaside order and modeled Rainier’s order on the Seaside plan – minor changes in towing.

Seaside’s order is brief at two pages, which Jorgensen said the commission appreciated. He expects to add specific mechanisms for the city to deal with complaints about a rental location, including the ability for him to revoke a rental owner’s license. Additionally, Jorgensen said he would include language that will allow residents to appeal the city administrator’s decision to revoke a permit. Currently, Jorgensen plans to price the permit at $ 250 per year – the cost of renewal would be equivalent.

Jorgensen presented the ordinance to the town planning commission on June 16. In turn, the commission asked for some changes, namely the commission wanted to change the language surrounding the maximum number of rooms that tenants are allowed to rent out of their homes.

The ordinance drafted does not allow tenants to rent more than half of the rooms in a single-family dwelling. The change will add that separate or detached structures do not count towards this limit. (That is, step-parent-style buildings on properties with other houses can be rented separately, and garages with adjoining rooms can also be rented.)

The project also did not include stipulations on who would be qualified to carry out the required inspections of rental locations. The changes will include guidelines stating that “inspections may be conducted by a licensed professional with expertise in fire, life and safety”.

Jorgensen will present the new iteration of the drafted ordinance to Rainier City Council on July 12, when the council may also suggest changes.

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