Update: Final BoCC Workshop, STRACC Member Meeting & Public Hearing
Dear STRACC Supporters,
In their final workshop yesterday, the BoCC continued its attack on STRs in Chelan County by adding further restrictions to the final draft code. Specifically, the Commissioners required Tier 3 STRs to be at least 10 acres and restricted them to a maximum occupancy of 16. Additionally, while Tier 2 (non owner-occupied) occupancy remains at 12, they inexplicably reduced Tier 1 (owner-occupied) occupancy from 12 to 8 guests. Similarly, they've yet to explain how primarily banning waterfront STRs (RW zone) accomplishes their goal of addressing housing affordability. Unfortunately, these are just a few examples of the logical inconsistencies in the code resulting from the Commissioners trying to rush this process through before year's end, when newly-elected Commissioner Tiffany Gering gets seated.
On the bright side, there's a surging amount of community energy in support of STRs. Those of you who tuned into yesterday's workshop noticed the many pro-STR avatars as well as the public outcry to the County initially capping attendance to 100 guests before our attorney intervened and made them increase the limit. Vibrant discussions are taking place in our Facebook group. Our STRACC mailing list has grown to over 450 subscribers and from 100 to 160 contributing members in recent days. Given this growing momentum, we are hopeful that we can still turn things around before the Commissioners eliminate 75-85% of STRs countywide. However, we have to get organized with everyone working together. We need all hands on deck now.
Here 3 Ways You Can Help Right Now
Join STRACCwith a minimum $100 donation by midnight tonight to attend our member's-only meeting tomorrow night, Dec 10 at 8pm, when will discuss strategy and our legal options going forward. We will send the Zoom link to all members in the morning.
Sign Up to Speakat the Public Hearing on Dec 22. We need hundreds of people demanding to be heard at this hearing.