Short Term Lodging (STL) in Laguna Beach

8/30/2016  Laguna Beach City Council again voted 5-0 to finally confirm the ban on short term lodging in residential zones! Now for enforcement.

On August 9, the City Council decided unanimously to support the Planning Commission's recommended Short Term Lodging Ordinance, with minor changes. The 36 existing permits will remain, but any other short-term use in a residential neighborhood will be illegal. STLs in commercial zones will be allowed. At the second reading and final vote on August 30, the ordinance was verified.


History

The moratorium against Short Term Lodging (STL) will run out in October. The City Council is in the process of gathering information to make a decision about how to handle this thorny issue. The Planning Commission made a recommendation to allow STL in commercial zones only, but to grandfather in the licensed STL properties (36) that already exist.

The City Council is apparently leaning toward allowing Home Sharing, a subset of STL in which homeowners may rent out part of their homes as long as it is their primary residence. A subcommittee consisting of two council members was held on 6/21.

A second subcommittee meeting will be held on July 14 at the Susi Q Senior Center at 4:30. Please attend, if you can. The staff report below includes (in black) the Planning Commission's proposed ordinance with red suggested changes. These changes would allow STL in our neighborhoods.

→Agenda for July 14 meeting, including the STL ordinance with changes marked on the Planning Commission version. 

 Village Laguna held a forum to educate residents and to allow dialog and expression of points of view about this issue. →VL Forum.

→See what other cities are doing.

→Facts about STL in Laguna Beach

→STLs already legal in Laguna Beach 1-7-16

Documents pertaining to STL, including the Planning Commission's recommendation to the City Council (in both the following links): 1. Regulation of Short Term Lodging  and  2. AHLA (American Hotel&Lodging Assoc.) STL information and a scanned document that shows where legal STLs are located in Laguna Beach.

Local Letters:

by Artist David Milton in 7-7 The IndyArt Colony Threatened by Short-Term Rentals

by Barbara Metzger  in 7-7 The Indy: Short-Term Rentals Contradict City's General Plan

→Previous letters.

SIGNS and Buttons can be requested at villagelagunafb@gmail.comand they will be delivered.

Kay Munn and Charlotte masarik at the Village Laguna forum with their signs opposing short term lodging in laguna beach

KAY MUNN AND CHARLOTTE MASARIK AT THE VILLAGE LAGUNA FORUM WITH THEIR SIGNS OPPOSING SHORT TERM LODGING IN LAGUNA BEACH

CHECK OUT THESE RECENT ARTICLES ABOUT SHORT TERM LODGING!

April 27, OC Register: IrvineProblems with STL in Irvine 

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June 19: The VergeNew York State: New York Senate passes bill that bans short-term apartment listings on Airbnb

*June 21: EsquireNew York City: Short Term Lodging humorously particularized in NYC (and in general)

*June 22, LA Times Editorial:  Los AngelesHow to regulate AirBnB and Home Sharing. 

June 27: San Francisco ExaminerAirBnB sues SF over new rules on STL

June 28 International Business Times: SF, LA, NYC, Austin, Chicago, Miami Beach: Is Your Airbnb legal? Miami Beach has a $20,000 penalty for a first violation, etc.

*June 29: OC RegisterAnaheimAll Short Term Rentals Banned in Anaheim

July 4, New York Times: Contrasts pro and con points of view about the effect of Airbnb on Bedford-Stuyvesant area of NYC.

And investigate more at NoMotelLaguna.info