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Short-term Vacation Rentals (STR) Code Development

CURRENT LINKS OF INTEREST HERE:

For the short-term rental task force report, use this link.
For the short-term rental task force report attachment documents, use this link.
For the most current draft of the Short-term rental code, use this link.  (The version edited on June 22, 2021 will be added soon--please check back!)

SUMMARY OF PROCESSES AND MORATORIA from August 25, 2020 RESOLUTION 2020-86 date, forward:

Effective August 25, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners enacted a moratorium to take effect immediately and in the interest of the 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 its 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 It was decided to amend and maintain the current moratorium into early 2021 by passing a new Resolution 2020-104 until superseded by adopting a new county code regulating short-term rental use.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 its 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. 

Their decision on the creation of the Short-Term Rental Task Force occurred on January 20, 2021, with the initial membership list decided, and their instructions finalized on January 25, 2021.   On January 26, 2021 they revisited the membership issue and added a third current or former planning commissioner.  The nine members of the Task Force will work toward finding consensus on a refined draft code for the Board of Commissioners to consider after their charter expires on April 23, 2021.  A final report was submitted to the BOCC on May 7, 2021.  The Board accepted the report on May 11, 2021 and directed the staff to prepare a draft STR code with the report recommendations incorporated and have a workshop on the draft on June 11, 2021.

On February 2, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners held a continued public hearing to decide whether to continue, revise, or discontinue the moratorium.  It was decided to amend and maintain the current moratorium to August 25, 2021 by passing a new Resolution 2021-20 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 August 24, 2021 at 10:15 AM, during their regularly scheduled meeting (should the short-term rental code not be in place before then, replacing the moratorium).

Click here to read Resolution 2021-20 in its entirety

  • A form was developed to allow for certain permitting work to proceed, but only on short-term rentals EXISTING as of August 25, 2020, per amendments to the moratorium.  It is posted to the webpage permit applications page.

TASK FORCE WORK AND RECOMMENDATION COMPLETED:

  • The Task Force has completed its work.  The Board decided to accept the report on May 11, 2021, and directed the department to prepare a draft code with the report recomendations included, and held an initial workshop on the draft on June 1, 2021, at 10:15 AM. 

  • An additional code drafting workshop(s) were held on June 7, 2021 and June 14, 2021 at 4:30 PM, on June 15, 2021 at 10:20 AM, and on June 22, 2021 at 10:35 AM. 

A PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW SCHEDULED FOR ORAL COMMENTS ON THE NEAR-FINAL VERSION OF THE DRAFT CODE:

  • A public hearing for providing testimony will be held on June 29, 2021 at 10:15 AM (first few minutes will be used to explain the process). 

  • The information for the hearing will be posted on the regular agenda for the Board of Commissioners on their page.  Link is below. 

  • THERE WILL BE NO ADVANCE SIGN-UP.  Instead, the Board will use the normal "Zoom" program's hand-raise that will be explained at the start of the hearing.  Testimony is limited to 2 minutes.  Please refrain from repetitive testimony, so the Board may hear the diversity of perspectives.  It will be a longer than normal session to allow for as much testimony as is practical.  Written comments are weighted equally, and may contain more than can be stated in 2 minutes.  So please continue to submit those while the commenting window is open.  

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

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WRITTEN COMMENTING FOR THE SHORT-TERM RENTAL DRAFT CODE IS NOW OPEN, please do not contact the commissioners directly, they are receiving these comments by email or US Postal mail addresses below:

E-MAIL ADDRESS: CD.STRComment@co.chelan.wa.us. THIS MAILBOX IS NOW ACTIVE--The formal written commenting window will close at 5 PM on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Formal written commenting by mail is also OPEN:

Chelan County Community Development
ATTN: STR Comment
316 Washington Street, Suite 301
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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STR Documents:

Board of County Commissioners-- STR Recordings and minutes:

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)

Posted: 06/02/2020 10:21 AM
Last Updated: 06/23/2021 09:48 AM

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