HR Council Passes Short-Term Rental Zoning Ordinance

By a 5-1 vote, the Hood River City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance to amend zoning requirements for vacation home rentals and hosted home shares.  It includes a seven-year amortization period in which those renting homes that are not their primary residence can continue to do so to the same extent they are now, and must meet parking requirements within five years.  Primary residents could rent their homes for a period of up to 90 days.  Mayor Paul Blackburn says he feels good about what the Council developed, adding it will “help our town, and really manage this rapidly growing change that’s been pretty disruptive.”  Public testimony taken before deliberations fell along similar lines as previous hearings, with supporters of the ordinance citing the need to preserve neighborhoods, and opponents saying it will hurt the local tourism and recreation sector and will not create more affordable housing.  The ordinance comes back for final passage at the panel’s September 12 meeting.

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