Action alert for registered voters

Have short-term rentals (STRs) in your residential neighborhood negatively impacted your quality of life? Have your friends heard you complain about them? Yes, weak enforcement of the rules is troubling, but the real problem is that STRs do not belong in residential neighborhoods.

Passing the “Altering Short Term Rental Dwelling Licensing in Unincorporated Lincoln County” initiative will:

  1. Prohibit new STR licenses and license transfers upon sale in low-density residential zones (R-1A, R-1, and R-2) in unincorporated Lincoln County;
  2. Phase-out existing STR licenses in those zones (R-1-A, R-1, and R-2) over five years;
  3. Reduce the maximum occupancy of STRs to two persons per bedroom, excluding children under two. Current licensing is three persons per bedroom, plus two persons “for the house” over the age of two.

The petition needs 1,454 verified “single-signature sheets” to qualify. To count, it must be the original. This means it must be printed, not photocopied. The original single-signature sheet must signed and dated (in two places, same date) and mailed (not faxed, not emailed) to: 15neighborhoods, P.O. Box 390, Depoe Bay 97341.

If the Nov. 3 election is our goal, mail it by no later than Aug. 1 to reach 15neighborhoods in time to submit it to the county Clerk for verification on Aug. 5.

The signature-gathering process is different in the COVID-19 era. No one will be standing at stores or going door to door to collect signatures. The approved “single-signature sheet” for the STR ballot measure is found only online or attached to an email from us or from someone who has received it from 15neighborhoods.

For a copy of the petition and the single-signature sheet, or answers to your questions, please email [email protected]

Robin L. Hochtritt

Depoe Bay


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