|County to finalize short term rental regulations by 2021 posted on 11/01/2020|
The Clackamas Board of County Commissioners (BCC) renewed
efforts to complete the long-delayed short-term/vacation rental (STR)
regulations for unincorporated Clackamas County at a Oct. 13 policy session.
The BCC announced a series of upcoming public hearings on
the proposed county code amendments in November and December. The BCC will vote
on the matter before the end of 2020, with any new regulations going into
effect on July 1, 2021.
“It’s an aggressive schedule because (the BCC) has
prioritized this and has instructed staff to do whatever we can to get it done
by the end of 2020,” said Clackamas County Planning Director Jennifer Hughes
during the policy session.
The regulations were first drafted in 2019 following
extensive public polling in the mountain communities.
“This draft is really the result of over a year of work, of
research and public outreach,” said Martha Fritzie, the county’s principal
The public review process of the draft has been delayed
since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires in the county.
Fritzie stated the county defines a STR as “a dwelling unit,
or portion of a dwelling unit, or a guest house that is rented to any person or
entity for lodging or residential purposes, for a period of up to 30
The proposed code amendments will require STR owners to
register rentals with the county finance department every two years and pay an
estimated $800-900 fee to cover the costs of administration and enforcement.
The regulations will establish rules regarding maximum occupancy, fire and
safety requirements, off-street parking, garbage pick-up and quiet hours for
the rental properties.
“These regulations will be enforced by the Sheriff’s
Department or Code Enforcement, depending on the issue,” Fritzie said.
The new regulatory program will be created to be “full cost
recovery” and fund its operation from the predicted STR registration fees. The
program will create two full time employee positions with the county, one for
the administration of the program and the other to handle additional code enforcement.
Readings of the draft establishing the new registration
program and regulations in the county code will be held at the 10 a.m.,
Thursday, Nov. 5 and the 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 business meetings.
Public hearings on amending the county’s Zoning &
Development Ordinance (ZDO) will be held at a Planning Commission meeting at
6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 and during a BCC Land Use Hearing at 9:30 a.m.,
Wednesday, Dec. 9.
The public are invited to comment in writing or at any of
the hearings. All of the hearings will be held on Zoom due to the ongoing
The BCC is scheduled to take action on the proposed code
amendments at its regular business meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17.
Community members who not able to attend a hearing are
welcome to submit their comments before the hearings to Principal Planner
Martha Fritzie at firstname.lastname@example.org or by US Mail to Planning & Zoning,
Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045.
The draft regulations and details of upcoming public
hearings are available at www.clackamas.us/planning/str. Information on how to
connect to meetings and hearings on Zoom will be posted one week before each
By Ben Simpson/MT