Transient uses including short-term vacation rentals (less than 30 days) in residential zones are not allowed under the City Zoning Code and are incompatible with the goals and objectives of the City’s General Plan. The General Plan aims to preserve and maintain residential neighborhoods and to protect residential neighborhoods from the intrusion of incompatible and character-changing uses. Short-term vacation rentals and other transient uses in residential zones can have a severe negative impact on the character and stability of the residential zones and its residents.
The Planning Commission and City Council considered allowing transient uses on a limited basis. Numerous residents emailed the City and testified at the public hearing about the negative impacts on residential neighborhoods, such as increased traffic congestion, overuse of public parking, noise, and crime. Based upon such public input, the City Council maintained the status quo of prohibiting transient uses on June 16, 2015, per Ordinance No. 15-0009 and Ordinance No. 15-0010. Property owners that registered by April 30, 2015 with the City for tax purposes, may continue operating renting their property on a short-term basis until the end of the year. Rentals in Commercial Zones are not affected, nor are long-term rentals of 30 days or more to single housekeeping units.