BoCC workshop update ... and Why Your VOTE matters!
Dear STRACC Supporters,
This week, the BoCC began a series of workshops to review the STR code drafted by the Planning Commission. In this first session, their goal was to get a high-level understanding of the code from the CCCD. Fortunately, the Commissioners strongly questioned the more controversial code provisions, particularly:
(1) The 5-year sunset of all STRs less than 2.5 acres (2) The CUP requirement for all STRs with 12+ guests (3) The 3-year STR sunset on sale of the property
These are certainly the provisions that STRACC will most strongly oppose, so we are cautiously optimistic about seeing changes to these areas before new regulations are adopted. Our position continues to be that existing STRs should be permanently grandfathered in. Otherwise, the County opens up itself up to claims of illegal government 'takings'. In the meantime, we will continue to advocateour solution to the problem:
(1) Enforce the existing nuisance codes (noise, parking garbage, etc) (2) Fund enforcement with a modest (0.1%) increase in the lodging tax (3) Steep fines for repeat nuisance code violators (4) Require a "responsible party" on file to quickly respond to complaints
The next two BoCC workshop sessions on Aug 4 and Aug 11 will be focused on revising and refining specific code provisions before the main Public Hearing later in August (date TBD, see schedule here). The BoCC will being accepting public comment on Aug 5th. Don't worry; we'll send a reminder!
VOTE in the AUG 4 ELECTIONS!
Finally, although the BoCC gets the final vote on the new regulations, your vote in the upcoming Aug 4 elections will determine the makeup of the next BoCC. After reviewing all the candidates, STRACC is endorsing Tiffany GeringforCounty Commissioner District 3. Tiffany is a strong supporter of STRs and all the small businesses that will be impacted by these new regulations. We also think it will would be good to have a female Commissioner shake up the Old Boy's Club! So please consider supporting Tiffany in the Aug 4 elections.
Remember, you can still register to voteonline at http://votewa.govuntil July 27or in person until Aug 4. Keep in mind that if you own property in Chelan County, you may be eligible to vote here. You should review the applicable RCWs to determine if you are eligible to vote in Chelan County. If you are eligible and desire to change your voter registration to Chelan County, you can use the link above. Also, please spread the word encourage other owners to do the same! We need all the votes we can get to protect our STR property rights and businesses in Chelan County.