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Short-term Vacation Rentals (STR) Code Development

Effective August 25, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners enacted a moratorium to take effect immediately and in interest of good government and the public health, safety, and welfare. Resolution 2020-86: Summary: A resolution enacting a moratorium on the designation, permitting, construction, development, expansion, remodeling, creation, locating, and siting of short term rental uses, structures, residences, businesses, lots, zones, buildings. 
Click here to read Resolution 2020-86 in it's entirety.

On October 6, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing to decide whether to continue, revise, or discontinue the moratorium.  It was decided to amend and maintain the current moratorium into early 2021 by passing a new Resolution 2020-104 until superceded by adopting a new county code regulating short term rental use.  The Board has scheduled a hearing on the moratorium to occur on February 23, 2021 at 10:15 AM, during their regularly scheduled meeting.

Click here to read Resolution 2020-104 in it's entirety

On October 15, 2020 the Planning Commission held a public meeting to continue their deliberations on a draft code for short term vacation rentals.  They voted to PASS a code recommendation, and forward it to the Board of  County Commissioners (BOCC) for further consideration and action. 

Chelan County Board of Commission workshops on the draft code were held on October 28, November 3, 10,16, and 24, and December 1, and 8, 2020, and a public hearing was held taking oral testimony on December 22, 2020, for consideration of the proposal.  Edits to the draft code with options were requested for further consideration by the commissioners and and were posted as soon as available.  

On December 28, 2020 a workshop on the draft code was held and the Board of Commissioners decided to implement the Planning Commission's recommendation for a Short Term Rental Task Force, but do so before adoption of the code rather than after.  Staff were directed to prepare a resolution to that effect.  On December 29, 2020, the Board of Commissioners "continued" the short-term rental code adoption process and passed a resolution creating the short-term rental task force.  That resolution is best explained by reading the actual resolution in the link below.  After the 90-day task force has completed its work and made a recommendation, the Board will resume their deliberation and may take action based upon the recommendations of the task force.  A hearing was been set to consider extension of the above moritorium to allow this process to continue.  Due to a January 12 snowstorm affecting participation, that hearing was rescheduled for January 19, 2021 at 10:30 AM via Zoom.  After the hearing, the board continued their deliberations on the moratorium to February 2, 2021 at 10:15 AM, to be open to the public via the Zoom link below. 

Their decision on creation of the Short-Term Rental Task Force will occur on January 20, 2021 at 11:30 AM at the same Zoom link below. 

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NOTICE:  A Board meeting for DECISION on extending the 6-month short-term rental moratorium is rescheduled for February 2, 2021 at 10:15 A.M.  The board will meet to make a DECISION on continuing the Moratorium during that meeting.   Zoom link information for the meeting is posted below. 

  • NO decision is being made about the draft rental code itself.  

  • A draft of the revised moratorium is shown below in the documents links.  

Agenda and links for the Board of Commissioners are found on their webpage. 

PUBLIC TESTIMONY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED

 

Join Zoom Meeting on January 20, 2021 at 11:30 AM for Task Force Decision,

and February 2, 2021 at 10:15 AM for the decision on whether to extend the STR Moratorium.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/650411499

  • Meeting ID: 650 411 499

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WRITTEN COMMENTING FOR THE MORATORIUM IS NOW CLOSED:

THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAS CLOSED THE FORMAL WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENT WINDOW.

E-MAIL ADDRESS: CD.STRComment@co.chelan.wa.us. THIS MAILBOX IS CURRENTLY INACTIVE--The formal written commenting window closed at 5 PM on Friday, January, 15, 2021.

 

Formal written commenting by mail is NOW CLOSED for those wishing to comment by US Mail:

Chelan County Community Development

ATTN: STR Moratorium Comment

316 Washington Street, Suite 301

Wenatchee, WA 98801

 

STR Documents:

Board of County Commissioners-- STR Recordings and minutes:

Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (8/4/2020) 
Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (8/18/2020)
Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (10/28/2020)
Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (11/03/2020)
Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (11/10/2020)
Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (11/16/2020)
Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (11/24/2020)
Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (12/1/2020)
Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (12/8/2020)
Chelan County Commissioners Recorded Workshop - (12/22/2020)

 

Chelan County Board of Commissioners Meeting minutes page HERE

Planning Commission Agendas, Minutes, and Recordings can be found at: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/community-development/pages/planning-commission

 

Public Comment Postings (2020)

Up to May 13, 2020
Up to May 26, 2020
Up to June 1, 2020
Up to June 9, 2020
Up to June 15, 2020 *(All Comment with attachments)
Up to June 15, 2020 *(All comment received)
Up to June 19, 2020 (Part 1)
Up to June 19, 2020 (Part 2)
Up to June 19, 2020 (Part 3)
Up to June 19, 2020 (Part 4)
Up to June 19, 2020 (Part 5)
Up to June 19, 2020 (Part 6)
Additional Comment
Additional Comment
Additional Comment 
Additional Comment
Additional Comment
BOCC STR Comment August 4-8, 2020 *If there is an attachment to the email comment, click on the blue link embedded within the PDF.
BOCC STR Comment August 8-17. 2020 *If there is an attachment to the email comment, click on the blue link embedded within the PDF.
BOCC STR Comment (August  8-25, 2020, * NOTE: Board of County Commissioners remands draft code back to the Planning Commission)
PC Public Comment (Start of remand back to the Planning Commission 8/26 - 8/28/2020)
PC Public Comment (Additional comments to PC from 8/26 - 9/4/2020)
PC Public Comment (Additional comments to PC 9/4)
PC Public Comment (Additional comments to PC through window close on 9/4/2020)

PC Public Comment (Comments from the open time window 9/10-9/16/2020)

BOCC Public Comment (10/30-11/10/2020)

BOCC Public Comment (11/11/2020 through 12/03/2020)

BOCC Public Comment (12/04 through 12/15/2020)

BOCC Public Comment (12/16 through 12/18/2020)

BOCC Public Comment (12/19 through 12/20/2020)

BOCC Public Comment (12/21/2020 only)

BOCC Public Comment (12/22 through Noon 12/24/2020)

BOCC Public Comment (Noon 12/24 through 12/26/2020)

BOCC Public Comment (12/27/2020--commenting now closed--revised with comments found that went to other mailboxes added now)

City of Leavenworth Comment letter (sent to a different email box 12/18/2020)

BOCC Public Comment on proposed moratorium extension (closed 01/15/2021)

 

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Posted: 06/02/2020 10:21 AM
Last Updated: 01/20/2021 09:26 AM

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