Short-term rentals and quality of life


Are you registered to vote in Lincoln County? Have short-term rentals in your residential neighborhood negatively impacted your quality of life? Poor enforcement of the rules for short-term rentals is troubling, but the real problem is that STRs do not belong in residential neighborhoods.

If short-term rentals have become a nuisance in your neighborhood, please look for our initiative petition that would do the following:

  1. Allow no new short-term rental or vacation rental dwelling (STR/VRD) licenses in low-density residential zones (R-1A, R-1 and R-2) in Lincoln County; 
  2. Phase out existing licenses in those zones (R-1A, R-1 and R-2) over a five-year period, and;
  3. Reduce occupancy of STRs to two persons per bedroom for persons over the age of two (current licensing is three persons per bedroom plus another two persons over the age of two).

We will need 1,454 signatures to get this measure on the May 2021 ballot, but if we act quickly, we could make the November ballot. However, we only have until Aug. 1 for you to mail in your single-signature sheet.  

Please help us get the word out to all your friends and neighbors who are concerned about the unchecked proliferation of STRs/VRDs in Lincoln County.  

The signature gathering process will be different in the time of COVID-19. There will not be people at stores collecting signatures or going door to door. The signature sheet will be online, and you will need to print it out. It is called form SEL 348. There are two places for your signature. You must sign in both places, and you must be a registered voter in Lincoln County, Ore., for your signature to be counted.

For a copy of the petition, single-signature sheet, web link to further information or if you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].  

And, please help expand the reach of this letter by notifying your interested email contacts and asking them to email [email protected] for information.

Thank you for your support.

Co-petitioners:

Monica Kirk, Depoe Bay

Marge Farness, Depoe Bay

Michele Riley, Depoe Bay

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