By Andrea Swayne
The agenda for the next City Council meeting—November 20, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern—will include discussion on short-term vacation rentals in Dana Point and a presentation of the city’s Tourism Business Improvement District, or TBID, annual report for 2012.
At the September 18 meeting City Council directed staff to prepare recommendations on how to regulate short-term rentals in the city rather than step up enforcement of the ban already in place.
Mayor Lara Anderson said the vacation rental issue has continued to be a hot topic among residents and the city has received an abundance of correspondence from the public since its last appearance on the agenda in September.
The TBID annual report will contain information regarding the program’s success with its promotional campaign financed via a $3 per night fee collected by the hotels.
Program guidelines of the TBID—formed in 2009 as partnership between the city and its four largest hotels to market the city as a premier travel destination—require yearly review and re-approval by January 1 of each year.
Staff will present the council with examples of short-term rental programs, regulations, related costs and revenue scenarios.
After review and discussion of the presentation, council members may elect to direct staff to begin work on finalizing a proposed ordinance.
Council is also expected to decide whether it feels the TBID program should be continued and to set a date to hold a public meeting to renew it.
“I am looking forward to seeing the TBID annual report,” Anderson said. “I believe the program had a successful summer and am hopeful that the council will see fit to continue the program into the new year.”