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News: 01/15/2015

Meetings set on vacation rental ordinance review



Last Fall, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors decided to revisit the county’s vacation rental ordinance to see if it needs some tweaking. Outreach to the community for input is beginning, with meetings now on the calendar.

In Sonoma Valley, a meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 9, 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Booker Hall at La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St., Sonoma.

The Russian River area has a meeting set for Wednesday, Feb. 18, 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Monte Rio Community Center.

And on Monday Feb. 23, 4 to 7 p.m., a meeting will take place for vacation rental owners at the hearing room of the Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD), 2550 Ventura Ave. in Santa Rosa.

The existing vacation rental ordinance went into effect in January of 2011 and allows, with a permit from PRMD, rentals with up to five guest rooms in most agricultural and single-family zoned areas.

Last October the Board of Supervisors decided to review and revise the ordinance, in part to take a look at how to more effectively obtain bed taxes from rentals. Also discussed at the time was the need to better define the role and responsibility of property managers, look at compatibility issues of too many rentals in certain neighborhoods, and analyze the potential for vacation rentals to reduce the rental housing stock available for locals.

For more information about vacation rentals in Sonoma County, go to the vacation rentals webpage at www.sonoma-county.org/prmd/docs/vacrent/.)



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