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Throughout this year, Salida City Council and the city of Salida have continued to adjust short-term rental regulations. In their regular meeting on November 3 they approved amendments to Ordinance 2021-17 in regard to Chapter 6 and Chapter 16 of the Salida Municipal Code Concerning Short-Term Rentals.

On October 5, City Council approved Ordinance 2021-15 which amended Chapters 6 and 16 of the Municipal Code in regards to short-term rental (STR) licenses. Staff subsequently proposed some related options to City Council at a work session on October 18  and received further direction regarding additional amendments. The amendments proposed include the following:

  • Exceptions to the Chaffee County residency requirement would extend to all owners of property purchased, or under valid and executed contract to be purchased, prior to December 19, 2021 (as opposed to July 20, 2021). Such individuals and their properties would still be subject to other eligibility requirements, including requiring an existing unit or building permit for a unit prior to December 19, 2021 along with a submitted application by June 1, 2022; area-specific caps; etc. This amendment allows for a limited number of licenses to be issued to non-County residents, after which time all future new licenses would be reserved for County residents (currently, 70 percent of all licenses belong to non-residents).
  • Exceptions to the one license per person (or person controlling a corporate owner) limit would extend to all owners of property purchased, or under valid and executed contract to be purchased, in non-residential areas, prior to December 19, 2021. Such individuals and properties would still be subject to other eligibility requirements, including requiring an existing unit or building permit for a unit prior to December 19, 2021 along with a submitted application by June 1, 2022; area-specific caps. This amendment allows such individuals to hold more than one (1) license, subject to other eligibility requirements. Also approved was the removal of the rule limiting 50 percent of all units on a single lot being eligible for a license. Staff recommends this amendment primarily due to the additional administrative burden that it would present, given the fluid nature of such licenses. Additionally, staff recognizes that other regulations (such as residency requirements, the one per person limit, and area-specific caps) would already limit the proliferation of such development types.

Council also approved revisiting the ordinance in one year to analyze its effectiveness and potentially continue it for another year. Due to the current housing crisis that Chaffee County is facing, the city is using this ordiance as a means to help with the problem. Though it will not solve it, the council and staff believe this is a step in the right direction.

Council members wore masks to “lead by example.” Image taken during August 4 regular meeting.

Council also approved Ordinance 2021-18 which extends a temporary moratorium on the submission, acceptance, processing and approval of any application for a short-term rental license and declared a workforce housing emergency.

On July 20, 2021, via Ordinance 2021-11, City Council imposed a three-month moratorium, or temporary halt, until October 20, 2021, on the issuance of new or transferred STR licenses to give staff, Planning Commission, and City Council the opportunity to analyze and review various options and solutions to address the shortage of housing, as well as evaluate the impacts of short-term rental units on affordability and availability.

In order for equitable enforcement and consistent application of the Code and the City’s administrative regulations, under Ordinance 2021-15, Council extended the temporary moratorium a few weeks and amended the City’s short-term rental regulations to November 8, 2021.

Based upon public feedback, Council is now considering additional amendments to the City’s STR regulations via Ordinance 2021-17, which is scheduled for a public hearing and second reading on November 16, 2021, and which, if adopted, would have an effective date of December 19, 2021.

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