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
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