Tonight Dec 22 from 6-9pm is the Public Hearing where we will have an opportunity to have our voices heard before the Commissioners try to ram this disastrous piece of code before the new year. Please SIGN UP TO SPEAK if you haven't already using the Doodle Poll. They may not get to everybody, but it's important to show up and be ready to speak.Our goal is to pressure the County to add at least one more session and extend the process into the new year, when Tiffany gets seated and can represent the will of the voters.
So please sign up, attend the hearing and stay logged in for the entire time just in case you get called to speak. Everyone who is selected will get 2 minutes to speak. No registration is required to simply observe the hearing. Here's the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/650411499.
We've also compiled some recommended talking points to help you prepare for tthe hearing or include in your written comments which we are still encouraging everyone to submit before the vote on Dec 29. As you can see, the talking points are organized by theme. They are not meant to dictate what anyone should say, but hopefully they provide a common resource and hit on some of the same themes. The key themes are:
The lottery is inherently arbitrary and unfair
STRs must be respected as established nonconforming uses
STRs should be treated the same in all zones (RW, RRR, RV, RRX)
Enforce existing nuisance laws with a modest lodging tax increase
Create a "responsible person" STR registry, levy heavy fines for nuisance violators and punish repeat offenders
Common ground and a more balanced approach can be found to unite and not further divide the community
Finally, make sure you sign our petition that is making the rounds. We have to do everything we can right now to help save STRs in Chelan County before the Commissioners try to eliminate two-thirds of us by rushing this disastrous code through before year's end. Now is the time to speak up!