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City of South Lake Tahoe
Measure T Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

3,517 votes yes (50.42%)

3,459 votes no (49.58%)

100% of precincts reporting (9/9).

7,127 ballots counted.

Should an ordinance, to eliminate most vacation home rentals ("VHR") in residential zones within the City of South Lake Tahoe, be adopted, that: (1) eliminates VHRs in residential zones by 2021, except for certain "qualified" VHRs operated by permanent residents; (2) allows VHR operations in commercial zones and tourist core areas; (3) adds VHR occupancy limitations; (4) increases minimum fines for VHR-related violations, after 2021; and (5) limits the ordinance's amendment, unless approved by a majority of voters?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on Measure T would be a vote to adopt the changes proposed by Measure T, described above.

NO vote means

A “no” vote on Measure T would be a vote against changing the current VHR rules, and the VHR rules currently contained in the City Code will remain the same.

 

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Interim City Attorney

Existing Vacation Home Rental (“VHR”) Ordinance

On November 21, 2017, the City of South Lake Tahoe adopted Ordinance No. 1114 regulating VHRs and establishing rules for the permitting, operation, and enforcement of VHRs within the City of South Lake Tahoe.

The current VHR rules provide a comprehensive scheme that, among other things, requires a permit before operating a VHR, allows VHRs in the tourist core area, and provides for 1,400 permits for VHR operations outside of the tourist core area plan. Permitted VHR operations are subject to certain operating requirements, including, but not limited to, parking limitations, occupancy limitations, and payment of transient occupancy taxes. Failure to comply with the VHR rules may result in a VHR permit being revoked and further penalties as outlined in the City Code.

Changes Proposed By Measure T

This Measure proposes to amend the current VHR rules, to eliminate most VHRs in residential zones within the City of South Lake Tahoe, and proposes the following changes to the current VHR rules:

(1) Eliminates the 1,400 VHR permit cap for VHRs operating outside the tourist core area plan, upon adoption of the Measure by voters;

(2) Allows unlimited permitted VHR operations in commercial zones, after adoption of the Measure;

(3) Adds more restrictive VHR occupancy limitations, by limiting occupants to 12 per VHR, after adoption of the Measure, and mandating one on-site paved parking space per every four occupants;

(4) Eliminates VHR operations in residential zones after December 31, 2021, except for VHRs operated by “permanent residents” with VHR permits who may operate VHRs for up to 30 total days within a year;

(5) Mandates a minimum fine for unpermitted VHR operations after December 31, 2021 of $1,000 per violation;

(6) Defines the additional terms used in the Measure; and

(7) Limits further amendment of these new VHR rules, unless the amendment is approved at an election by a majority of voters voting on the amendment.

A “yes” vote on Measure T would be a vote to adopt the changes proposed by Measure T, described above.

A “no” vote on Measure T would be a vote against changing the current VHR rules, and the VHR rules currently contained in the City Code will remain the same.

Pursuant to Elections Code section 9217, this Measure will be effective if a majority of the voters, voting on the Measure, votes in its favor.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure T. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the elections official's office at (530) 542-6004 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

/s/ Sergio Rudin, Interim City Attorney for the City of South Lake Tahoe

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

NEIGHBORHOODS are for NEIGHBORS…… NOT COMMERCIAL INVESTORS!

Vacation Rentals have changed the character of our neighborhoods, reduced available housing, and trampled zoning laws.

MEASURE T: SUPPORTS Zoning

MEASURE T: SUPPORTS Residential Neighborhoods

MEASURE T: SUPPORTS Vacation Rentals in ALL Commercial Areas

MEASURE T: is NOT a BAN on Vacation Rentals.

MEASURE T: will NOT destroy our economy.

A YES vote will phase out Vacation Rentals in residential neighborhoods over three years while allowing the growth of vacation rentals in the Tourist Core and all commercial areas. This initiative will provide income to resident property owners who can short-term rent their homes for 30 days each year.

THE CITY COUNCIL HAS ‘SOLD OUT’ OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

This Initiative is supported by local residents who feel their neighborhoods and their lives have been disrupted by vacation rentals. The city should not be coming into our neighborhoods to collect hotel taxes, and investors should not be allowed to turn homes into hotels with the profits going off the hill.

Studies show that full time residents, NOT short term rentals, create economic stability.

If we are serious about our community's future, we need to be honest about how vacation rentals have altered our neighborhoods and our community. The lack of available housing for our workforce has impacted businesses, the school district, government agencies, resorts and our local hospital. It is difficult to sustain a community when there are too few places for people and families to live.

Local RESIDENTS collected signatures to put Measure T on the ballot.

SAVE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

VOTE YES ON MEASURE T

Peggy Bourland, Taxpayer

Dr. Kenneth Weitzman, Taxpayer

Daniel P. Browne, Taxpayer

Carole Beller, Taxpayer

Bruce Grego, Taxpayer

— Save Tahoe Jobs, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce etc

Arguments AGAINST

Measure T is a ban on Vacation Home Rentals (VHRs) that puts our town in peril.

Majestic South Lake Tahoe is a community where tourism is the economic foundation and essential revenue source for our residents’ mountain lifestyle and city government services. South Lake Tahoe residents have always resided among homes that are VHRs which has been a reality long before the City officially formed in 1965.

Measure T, the Ban on Vacation Home Rentals (VHRs), is an imminent threat to our economy and community. A VHR ban will decimate local commerce and cost potentially hundreds of jobs in both the private and public sector.

Vacation home renters infuse over $100 million annually into our local economy. The Measure T VHR Ban will severely reduce vital income for all of our businesses, professions, and trades. Many local families and individuals will suffer job loss or drastically reduced work hours and be forced to leave the home they love.

Revenue loss from Measure T would cut over $3 million out of our City’s operating budget. Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, and other city staff jobs will be cut based on this overwhelming shortfall. The voter approved new Recreation Center scheduled to replace the current dilapidated building and pool will be jeopardized. Reduced City revenue will likely wipe out funding for road repair. We will no longer recognize the community in which we live.

Strict VHR ordinances that address occupancy, parking, and noise are already in place. The enforcement of these laws has already led to quieter neighborhoods. We need to let these regulations work.

Measure T is not the solution. It’s an extreme measure South Lake Tahoe residents cannot afford.

Save Tahoe Jobs. Vote NO on Measure T

Steve Teshara, CEO, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce

Ashley Mattila, Owner, Marcus Ashley Gallery

Mark Salmon, President, Tahoe Soccer Foundation

— Save Tahoe Jobs, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce etc

Replies to Arguments FOR

Measure T is a ban on Vacation Home Rentals (VHRs) that puts our town in peril.

Majestic South Lake Tahoe is a community where tourism is the economic foundation and essential revenue source for our residents’ mountain lifestyle and city government services. South Lake Tahoe residents have always resided among homes that are VHRs which has been a reality long before the City officially formed in 1965.

Measure T, the Ban on Vacation Home Rentals (VHRs), is an imminent threat to our economy and community. A VHR ban will decimate local commerce and cost potentially hundreds of jobs in both the private and public sector.

Vacation home renters infuse over $100 million annually into our local economy. The Measure T VHR Ban will severely reduce vital income for all of our businesses, professions, and trades. Many local families and individuals will suffer job loss or drastically reduced work hours and be forced to leave the home they love.

Revenue loss from Measure T would cut over $3 million out of our City’s operating budget. Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, and other city staff jobs will be cut based on this overwhelming shortfall. The voter approved new Recreation Center scheduled to replace the current dilapidated building and pool will be jeopardized. Reduced City revenue will likely wipe out funding for road repair. We will no longer recognize the community in which we live.

Strict VHR ordinances that address occupancy, parking, and noise are already in place. The enforcement of these laws has already led to quieter neighborhoods. We need to let these regulations work.

Measure T is not the solution. It’s an extreme measure South Lake Tahoe residents cannot afford.

Save Tahoe Jobs. Vote NO on Measure T

Steve Teshara, CEO, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce

Ashley Mattila, Owner, Marcus Ashley Gallery

Mark Salmon, President, Tahoe Soccer Foundation

— Save Tahoe Jobs, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce etc

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

VOTE YES on MEASURE ‘T’ TO ELIMINATE VHRS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.

The argument against Measure T by a Nevada resident, an owner of vacation rentals and a Realtor is not factual and would have you believe the ‘Sky is Going to Fall’ if vacation rentals are restricted.

PREDICTING ECONOMIC DEVASTATION IS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE FACTS.

The fact is: We have a work-force housing crisis and a labor shortage crisis, not a tourist accommodation crisis.

If the future of our community and the people who live here are important, we need to be clear about the negative impacts of allowing ‘motels’ in our residential neighborhoods. Hundreds of workers are living in motels and off-the-hill because they can’t find housing. Rents have become unaffordable. Businesses, like the hospital, can’t find people to hire because there is no place to live.

MEASURE ‘T’ IS A SOLUTION

Measure T: Eliminates VHRS in residential neighborhoods by 2021.

Measure T: Allows resident owners to rent their homes when they are away.

Measure T: Still permits vacation rentals in ALL Commercial areas.

Measure T: Allows for revenue gains in commercial areas to support our city services.

THE CITY COUNCIL HAS IGNORED OUR ZONING LAWS.

We need to put our visitors back into the tourist areas and our residents back into our neighborhoods.

THE PEOPLE NOW HAVE ONE CHANCE TO RECLAIM THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS.

VOTE YES ON ‘T’

Peggy Bourland, Taxpayer

Dr. Kenneth Weitzman, Taxpayer

Daniel P. Browne, Taxpayer

Carole Beller, Taxpayer

Bruce Grego, Taxpaye

— Save Tahoe Jobs, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce etc
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