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We're fortunate to have these regulations in place. Some other areas (such as San Francisco) have tried to vote them in after experiencing the devastating effects that nightly rentals have on communities. VRBO and AIRB&B have come in with many many millions to influence the vote. That money seems to be a lot louder than reason.
So I guess the days of single family residential zoning in Routt County are to some extent numbered. Want to see where it's headed? Read this (and weep). http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/10/your-money/new-worry-for-home-buyers-a-party-house-next-door.html?_r=0
Thank you Commissioner Beall. I said pretty much the same in my letter to the present commissioners about this. I'm aghast at some of the unawareness I've seen concerning the issue. People seem to think it's about someone being able to rent their house out to a vacationing family or about a loud party they might have. No, it's about investors and management companies buying up properties in neighborhoods and using them solely as short term rentals nightly and weekly at exorbitant rates. Vacationers often afford those rates by stuffing as many people as they can into it and spreading the cost. $500 per night is only $31.25 apiece when split up between 16 people (the cap that the local management company puts on the amount of people allowed to rent a 3200 square foot house). They allow 13 people in a 2600 sq. foot house. These people are here to vacation and party EVERY night. Then the cleaning crew shows up to get it ready for the next bunch. This will be next door to ALL of us because most neighborhoods will fall victim to it. They are not interested in your house to rent. They don't want your underwear in the drawers they want a fresh and clean MOTEL. This internet phenomenon has destroyed countless neighborhoods in other ares that have let it run rampant unawares. Bend, OR is a good bad example of where we don't want to end up. Look into it yourself. We're not talking about some rich people trying to protect their view here. I've experienced all this first hand and believe you me --- you're not going to like it one bit. Sometimes the majority of people don't see what is being stolen from them until after it is gone. That was probably the case with me at the time. Hopefully all that are aware will do something before it is too late. Speak up and don't sit back and watch them take it away! By the way Mr. Beall, any chance you'd like your old job back???
Thanks Judy for your input. Have you checked to see if you are in one of the very limited sections where weekly and nightly rentals are allowed? The county really doesn't enforce without a complaint. I don't know much about the town. Anything under a month rental is illegal in most places in the county and really all it takes is a complaint. Weekly and nightly rentals are only allowed in a very limited "Commercial" zoning. I think that the commentators above really don't get it. People have their kids playing out in the yard and have a reasonable expectation to live in a single family residential zoning if that's where they bought or even rented. That's what zoning is all about. We don't want to live in transient neighborhoods. I think all you need to do is file a complaint. People need to stand up about this or their rights will not be enforced. The hardest thing to do is complain about your neighbor who you may like but are taking advantage and defecating on your rights. Hopefully some folks will get involved with this Hahn's Peak issue and prevent those rights from being taken away. We can stop it here. One of the commentators above mentioned that the county should have ways to address these concerns. They have. They're called "ZONING REGULATIONS".
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