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The short-term rental dilemma isn’t going away any time soon; both in Chaffee County and in its largest city. At 6:00 p.m. on August 16 the Salida City Council will host their regular work session where they will discuss short-term rental policy options.

Image Courtesy YourHub/Denver Post

City Council recently adopted a 90-day emergency moratorium on the issuance of new short-term rental (STR) licenses, with some exceptions for licenses negotiated specifically through planned developments, annexations, and other agreements.

Staff has since conducted additional analysis of existing conditions and has been gathering public input to help develop an array of policy options for Council to consider regarding the licensing of such units. Staff notes that STRs fill an obvious demand/need for the community. They say the intent of the policy review is in no way meant to vilify them. but rather to better understand their impacts on the community as a whole and to attempt to strike an appropriate balance between those uses and other critical community needs and values.

Courtesy photo: A short term rental managed by Effortless Rental Group

Council will discuss the change of two policy issues to address:

  • Preserving long-term occupancy options
  • Helping to create a level playing field between STRs and other short-term lodging options.

Also on the agenda is a presentation of the 2022 proposed City budget. (Note: this is not a final budget, only what has been requested by each department.)

With a rise in COVID-19 cases in the community, city council members and those who attend in-person are asked to wear a face mask to this meeting.

City Council meetings continue to allow in-person attendance, primarily for purposes of conducting public hearings. The city still requests that those wishing to testify should plan to do so via the GoToWebinar platform or by email or letter.

Anyone who is unvaccinated and who wants to provide testimony must wear a face mask and remain at least six feet away from others both inside and outside of the Council Chambers.

To watch the meeting virtually click here.