Regulate don't Ban Short Term Rentals in Ventura County
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The STR Ordinance proposed by Ventura County Staff prohibits Short-Term Rentals (STRs) in Ojai and other areas of Ventura County. Significant economic, environmental, and social benefits are provided by STRs, and prohibition is an over-reaching solution that devastates this important part of our local community. There are much better alternatives available for the management of STRs.
The housing and neighborhood compatibility problems associated with STRs are vastly overstated. In contrast, data-supported reports (and other analyses) show that STR's affect an insignificant percentage of the long-term housing supply, and nuisance reporting rates for STR's are slightly less (to substantially less) than the nuisance reporting rates for all residential properties.
Please do not take a "sledgehammer" approach to address issues that can be easily managed through Fair Regulation. An alternative Ordinance that properly manages STRs has already been drafted. This is an option that the Board of Supervisors could be voting on now, or at a hearing in the near future. Furthermore, there are already successful ordinances on the books in neighboring communities such as Goleta and Palm Springs from which proven and successful regulations can be easily copied and adopted.
On Dec 13, please DO NOT APPROVE the STR Ordinance that was prepared by County Staff. Instead, please vote to develop and adopt an alternative Ordinance that preserves all the benefits of STR’s, while minimizing (or eliminating) any negative effects.
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