San Juan County Council phone calls for holiday rental moratorium

Submitted by The Family vacation Rental Performing Team

The Family vacation Rental Doing the job Group (VRWG) was very happy nowadays when the San Juan County Council unanimously authorised an Speedy Moratorium on the issuance of new getaway rental permits, powerful 12:01 AM January 13, 2021, for a period of 6 months.

“We would like to increase our thanks and appreciation to the County Council for opening its 2021 legislative session with decisive action on 1 of our community’s most pervasive challenges,” claimed Yonatan Aldort, Chair of the VRWG. “The serious function now starts.”

“The moratorium has generally been a means to an conclude,” Yonatan additional, “with that stop remaining meaningful and wise regulation of Vacation Rentals. That is the process which lies ahead for council, county staff, and our neighborhood.”

VRWG Vice Chair Lisa Byers shared Yonatan’s enthusiasm, expressing, “Over 3,000 worried people signed our petition inquiring for this moratorium and today they received it. And, sure, we have a good deal more perform to do as we craft distinct restrictions to tackle this complicated but eminently solvable problem.”

Very likely to be a precedence for the new Council are proposals to location an upper restrict or cap on the total range of VR permits in the county and an enforcement provision necessitating revocation of a permit following “three strikes’ or validated complaints. The VRWG has made available to convene a community-primarily based discussion board or process pressure to assist the county’s analysis.

The VRWG has introduced the county with an original proposal which includes specific language for regulatory relief. Website link to initial proposal: the job done+Group+to+County+Council.pdf

In 2019, the VRWG and the Eastsound and Deer Harbor Plan Overview Committees’ advisory panels requested a moratorium on new family vacation rental permits. These types of a moratorium would provide to buy time for thing to consider of substantive reforms. In November of 2020, the San Juan Arranging Fee created its very own report language contacting for improve along the same traces as the VRWG.

The VRWG initiated an on-line petition in help of the moratorium that has roughly 3,000 signatories.

About the Getaway Rental Doing work Group

The VRWG is an all-volunteer organization formed in June 2019 to mobilize our neighborhood in order to regulate trip rentals in a fashion that shields our rural character, atmosphere and lifestyle in the San Juan Islands. See