TD Council Wants More Specifics For STR License Ordinance

The Dalles City Council decided to have staff address a number of items in a proposed ordinance to establish a short-term rental license and bring it back to them rather than try to take action on it now.  Following a public hearing Councilors identified a number of areas of the ordinance they felt needed clarification, including parking requirements, defining the term “special events” as they are prohibited under the ordinance, and developing some kind of waiver of notifying neighbors of a license application for those who already have a bed and breakfast permit.  Mayor Rich Mays says the goal of the ordinance is to make sure neighborhoods are safe and viable.  Short-term rental owners who spoke in the hearing indicated there were a number of sections in the ordinance with vague language, and they would like more specifics.  City planning staff will bring the ordinance back to the Council in January.

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