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DP city logoBy Kristina Pritchett

After hearing some residents’ concerns regarding the ongoing short-term rental ordinance, City Council voted five to zero in favor of tabling the second reading of the measure.

The second reading and adoption would have modifications as approved by the California Coastal Commission. It would allow for short-term rentals in all zoning districts where residential uses are allowed.

Councilman Scott Schoeffel stated he would feel comfortable drafting a letter to city residents addressing questions that were asked during the public portion.

“I’m keenly aware of some of the concerns of the speakers this evening about that ordinance,” Schoeffel said.

He added he doesn’t believe there’s an urgency for the second reading, and believes the city has “satisfactory responses for every one of those questions.”

In May, the City Council introduced the first reading of the ordinance with Coastal Commission modifications.

In April 2013, the city adopted a short-term rental ordinance to establish an administrative program to allow and regulate short-term rentals in the city. Previous to the city’s approval for short-term rentals, the use was not identified in the city’s zoning ordinance and the specific plan, so the use was considered to be prohibited.

City officials said this process has been in the works for several years. It could be discussed during the July 19 meeting.

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