City to host industry-focused virtual meeting on Sept. 29 for vacation rental operators.
Santa Rosa, CA — The City of Santa Rosa’s Short-Term (Vacation) Rental Urgency Ordinance is now available for public input. The proposed Urgency Ordinance provides a regulatory framework for short-term rentals and is being prepared for an Oct. 12 City Council public hearing where the Council will consider its adoption. Community members and short-term rental owners and operators are invited to view and provide input on the draft Urgency Ordinance by Oct. 8. The draft Ordinance and instructions for submitting input are available at srcity.org/STR.
Urgent development of the Ordinance was directed by the City’s Economic Development Subcommittee on Aug. 10 following numerous public safety-related concerns as well as impacts to surrounding neighborhoods and the greater community. A short-term rental is generally defined as residential property rented for a period of less than 30 days and often advertised on apps like Airbnb and VRBO.
The City collected community feedback on short-term rentals through direct engagement with residents and vacation rental owners as well as through a survey, which generated nearly 2,400 responses. At the Sept. 14 Economic Development Subcommittee meeting, staff updated Councilmembers on this outreach effort and were directed to continue moving forward with development of a draft Urgency Ordinance to regulate short-term rental operations to address immediate concerns with public health and safety, community compatibility, and limited housing stock. Additionally, the Subcommittee directed staff to prepare a comprehensive short-term/vacation rental ordinance to go before the Planning Commission and then to the full Council for consideration in 2022. The additional time allows greater opportunity to analyze the complex issues associated with short-term rentals and more space for community and stakeholder engagement.
A virtual, industry-focused public meeting will be held on Sept. 29, 2021, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed Urgency Ordinance with short-term rental owners and others who benefit from the short-term rental industry. While all members of the public are welcome to attend, the meeting is targeted for those who operate and own short-term rental properties within the Santa Rosa city limits. To participate in the meeting, attendees are invited to join in one of the following ways:
For more information on Short-Term Rentals in the City of Santa Rosa, visit srcity.org/STR.