First off, thank you for taking the time to write letters with clear and compelling arguments against the County pushing new STR regulations during a pandemic. Together, we sent in nearly 50 emails ahead of Wednesday's Planning Commission workshop, which many of you attended remotely. It was great seeing so many STRACC logos on the Zoom call! I counted ay least 20 logos at one point!
Unfortunately, the Commission completely ignored our presence and our input at the meeting. During the public comment portion of the presentation, they said only 10 letters had been submitted in the preceding days, all supposedly in favor of regulations, and no STRACC member names were included in the list of commenters. We know that's factually untrue, and we have the email receipts to prove it, as STRACC was cc:d on the nearly 50 letters you submitted.
Fortunately, we have one final chance to be heard at the Public Hearing on June 17th, when the County will be required to admit both verbal and written comment into the public record. We will send out meeting details as the date approaches, but mark your calendars so you can plan to attend, whether virtually or in person.
We also need you to start spreading the word. We will need hundreds of people to show up in support of STRs at the Public Hearing. At this point, we believe that the only way to avoid a costly and lengthy legal battle with the County will be for STRACC supporters to show up in force on June 17.
While we strongly oppose the County's proposed regulations, we are even more disturbed by legislative process which silences public input that doesn't align with the County's regulatory agenda. We should all be outraged by the County's tactics. The County is clearly intent on quietly pushing these regulations through while our communities are distracted by a pandemic, but we will not be ignored!
Thanks for putting June 17 on your calendar, and for being ready with your verbal and written comments. We will be in touch. Please also consider making a donation to STRACC so we can prepare for an increasingly likely legal battle.