Planning Commission to Hear Update to Draft Vacation Rental Ordinance on March 17 | Press Releases | Media and awareness | Sonoma permit

Sainte Rose, CaliforniaMarch 11, 2022 The Sonoma County Planning Commission will consider updates to the vacation rental ordinance at a March 17 hearing. The proposed amendments create a new vacation rental licensing program, performance standards, enforcement strategies and permanent caps on vacation rentals in areas disproportionately impacted by vacation rental businesses. The planning commission’s recommendation will then be forwarded to the supervisory board for final adoption.

Tourism plays an important role in Sonoma County’s culture and economy, however, an over-concentration of vacation rentals can negatively impact surrounding neighborhoods. Permit Sonoma has worked to balance these interests with an updated vacation rental ordinance and program.

The updates to the order reflect guidance from the board of oversight and feedback from members of the public. Permit Sonoma staff held more than 20 meetings, including with all municipal advisory boards in the county, and numerous meetings with stakeholders and industry groups.

The draft ordinance, staff report, and related documents are available at Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95403 and digitally on the Planning Commission‘s webpage at sonomacounty.ca.gov/ Planning-Commission/

The Planning Commission‘s public hearing will be held by videoconference on March 17 beginning at 1:05 p.m. No in-person comments will take place. Members of the public can watch, listen to and participate in the hearing via Zoom or telephone. Additionally, written comments can be submitted until March 15 at 5:00 p.m. by email to [email protected]

For more information about the public hearing, to submit comments, or to review project files digitally, email [email protected], call (707) 565-1900, optional 5, or visit the project website at sonomacounty.ca.gov/PRMD/Regulations/Vacation-Rentals/.

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