On June 4, City Council chambers were packed with people hoping to testify on the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s (PSC) recommendation for the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6, or RICAP 6 for short.
After short presentations by staff and PSC Commissioner Katherine Schultz on the code amendments, Mayor Hales opened the hearing to the 78 people who had signed up to testify on the new short-term rental regulations. Much of the initial testimony came from current short-term rental operators for Airbnb and other vacation rental sites. But many people, including neighborhood activists, did not have time to speak. So commissioners voted to extend the hearing for the short-term rental proposal to July 2.
Questions arose about full-house vacation rentals, short-term rentals within apartments and condos, and the effect of short-term rentals on affordable housing. After three hours of testimony, Council decided that additional discussion and a follow-up hearing would be needed on the short-term rental amendments and agreed to the following:
- Schedule a work session with staff for June 24 at 10 a.m. to discuss the short-term rental issues.
- Hold a second hearing on July 2 starting at 2 p.m. to allow more people to testify on the proposal and any subsequent revisions.
- Forward the remainder of the regulatory amendments from RICAP 6 to a second reading on June 11 because these items did not generate any testimony or changes in the proposal.