Local news: ‘Truckee Accelerates STR Ordinance Process’
A Tahoe/Truckee publication, Moonshine Ink, has reported on the progress with a new town ‘STR (Short Term Rental) Ordinance,’ The ordinance is expected to be implemented beginning at the end of this year.
“With the coronavirus pandemic breathing visitors and new residents into the Tahoe region, short-term rental regulations were a hot topic on the agenda at the Aug. 11 Town of Truckee council meeting.
A process originally planned to begin back in April [has yieled] a more pronounced need because of increased visitation to the region in recent weeks, town staff presented to council the first steps of establishing an ordinance to regulate STRs. Council unanimously adopted staff’s recommendation.
“In my opinion, it’s long overdue,” Mayor David Polivy told Moonshine Ink in a text message sent after the meeting.”
Some expected subsets of this new ordinance are:
- ‘A fee structure for Transient Occupancy Tax registration that covers the cost of STR administration and enforce activities’
- ‘Additional community-wide nuisance abatement regulations (so that would be things like looking at a noise ordinance)’
- ‘An administration and enforcement plan for implementing and enforcing new STR requirements’
Additional objectives of the new STR implementation, yet to be voted on, may well be:
- ‘Create rules that minimize nuisance issues associated with STRs, such as overflow parking, trash, loud noise, occupancy levels, etc.’
- ‘Create an administrative framework to license STR operators, and an enforcement framework to enforce STR rules. Both of these should be funded through STR licensing fees so as to not diminish other town services.’
- ‘Create a higher level of accountability on STR operators to reduce nuisance issues through enhanced oversight and enforcement.’
- To be considered by the council later on: ‘whether community visitation to Truckee can be managed by limiting the number or usage of short-term rentals’
Because the last objective has already proven contentious, Hillary Hobbs, a Truckee Town management analyst stated, ‘“[We] would also do outreach with stakeholder groups including [Mountain Area Preservation], [Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe], the [Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District] committee and Visit Truckee, Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors, large HOAs like Tahoe Donner, Glenshire, Sierra Meadows, and current registered STR operators, as well as the Truckee Chamber.”’
A concrete plan for the new STR ordinance should be shaping up later this year after more public discussion.