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Dianne Cassidy . 3601 Wren Street . Lake Oswego . Oregon . 97034 <br /> Planning Commission, City of Lake Oswego <br /> Hearing on LU 18-0034 - Short Term Rentals <br /> April 22, 2019 <br /> Why does Lake Oswego need short term rentals in residential neighborhoods? <br /> The issue of STRs w brought before the Planning Commission and Council last year and rejected. Nothing <br /> has changed to make a different decision more morally or rationally compelling. <br /> No matter how one rewords the code, the same problems exist and the same questions must be answered: <br /> Q: Who benefits from turning homes into hotels and commercializating residential <br /> neighborhoods? <br /> A: Owners of short-stay rental units. <br /> It won't be the city. It won't be the residents. It won't be local hotels. Restaurant and retail business that <br /> STRs bring will still have the locals, hotel patrons, and day-trippers they have now. <br /> Q. Who will bear the burdens of short term rentals? <br /> A. Residents who live nearby have to deal with businesses next door or close by. STRs are businesses open <br /> to the public that operate night and day and have the potential to diminish their quality of life and the <br /> character of their neighborhoods. <br /> Q: Do homeowners (or any property owner) have complete say over what they can do with their <br /> property? <br /> A. No. Zoning controls what the land may be used for. City codes also control what can be built on <br /> what land, how big, where buildings are placed and what trees may or may not be cut down, whether or <br /> not I can use certain toxins on the property and what kind of home businesses I can engage in. <br /> Residential zoning does not allow me to operate an auto repair shop in my neighborhood. Nor a dinner <br /> party venue, a craft beer making operation and backyard beer garden, a vegetable stand. These are all <br /> legal businesses, but not in a SFR zone. My property rights are restricted by codes that protect the <br /> residential rights of my neighbors. If I want to have a business, I need to find a commercial zone to <br /> operate it in. <br /> The argument that property rights should allow homeowners to use their homes as quasi-hotels is <br /> specious. <br /> Q. What responsibility does the City have for the protection of the quality of residential <br /> neighborhoods and residents' quality of life? <br /> A. Typically, zoning ordinances and city codes protect property owners from nuisances caused by their <br /> neighbors. If residential codes are altered to allow commercial uses, this brings all zoning restrictions <br /> into question. Once lines have been erased, how can any limits be justified if residential and public ally- <br /> accessible commercial uses are allowed to co-exist in residential zones? Should all residential zones be <br /> NC zones? <br /> Code enforcement is the most difficult aspect of having STRs in every city where they exist, whether <br /> they are banned or allowed. In fact, codes regulating (or banning) STRs are a reaction to the problems <br /> they cause. Cities are finding that standard licensing, fines, hotel taxes - even court cases don't pay for <br /> an expanded staff of compliance officers that are still overwhelmed by infractions. STR operators know <br /> 1 <br /> LU 18-0034 EXHIBIT G-11/PAGE 1 OF 20 <br />