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.
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.
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.
by Artist David Milton in 7-7 The Indy: Art Colony Threatened by Short-Term Rentals
by Barbara Metzger in 7-7 The Indy: Short-Term Rentals Contradict City's General Plan
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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: Irvine: Problems with STL in Irvine
June 19: The Verge: New York State: New York Senate passes bill that bans short-term apartment listings on Airbnb
*June 21: Esquire: New York City: Short Term Lodging humorously particularized in NYC (and in general)
*June 22, LA Times Editorial: Los Angeles: How to regulate AirBnB and Home Sharing.
June 27: San Francisco Examiner: AirBnB 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 Register: Anaheim: All 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