Goleta’s short-term vacation rental program will be supported by multiple city departments | Local News

Goleta City Council held a special meeting on Wednesday evening to hear work plans and priorities for some city departments for the 2022-23 fiscal year. One project that the Finance Department and the Environmental Planning and Review Department will be working on together is the short-term vacation rental program.

In February 2015, the city of Goleta passed an ordinance regulating short-term vacation rentals – a residential unit other than a unit in a hotel that is rented to a tenant for less than 30 consecutive days – which requires owners arranging short-term vacation rentals to apply for and obtain a short-term vacation rental permit.

This ordinance entered into force in July 2015.

Now, according to the Finance Department’s work plan outline, the department will conduct a multi-phase project to monitor and review order-related data, as well as make any updates to the order in Title 5. of the municipal code of Goleta regarding companies. licenses and regulations.

The first phase will involve awarding a contract to a consultant to perform ongoing monitoring, compliance and data collection for every short-term vacation rental in the city.

In phase two of the program, the data will be reviewed and analyzed, as well as presented to the Goleta City Council to discuss the results and conclusions.

At this point, council may also provide feedback and direction to city staff, and discuss potential updates to the ordinance.

“One of the biggest problems we have with short-term vacation rentals is that we’ll get those who sign up, maybe do a weekend, and then decide to phase it out, but all of a sudden, they’re running again for another weekend, so he’s really trying to capture that kind of data,” CFO Luke Rioux said. “But we also don’t know who’s out there who isn’t. registered with us, so consultants and ongoing monitoring and compliance will help.”

The third and final phase will be for staff to draft an updated ordinance with program changes and, after board approval, implement.

Meanwhile, the Planning and Environmental Review Department will examine the impacts of short-term vacation rentals on residential areas.

“This piece of work aims to address the impacts of short-term vacation rentals on residential neighborhoods and the city’s existing housing stock,” said Peter Imhof, director of planning and environmental review. “Specifically, this includes preparing and enacting any necessary revisions to Title 17 to respond to this new enforcement action.”

The work of the Environmental Planning and Review Department will run parallel to phases two and three of the work of the Finance Department.

Rioux also said the current short-term vacation rental application process will move from a paper-based system to a permit-tracking software system.

“The fear is that…we don’t want a residential area to suddenly become a commercial area,” Mayor Paula Perotte said.

A full recording of Goleta City Council’s special meeting on Wednesday — which also included presentations of the work program from the General Services Department and the City Manager’s Department — can be viewed on the city’s website.

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