The San Juan Regional Planning Commission has sent the Silverton Town Council proposed changes in regulations of weekly vacation rental units in residential areas.
With town staff warning that weekly rental units “are beginning to saturate the Silverton housing market to a point of being perceived by some residents as problematic,” the Town Council voted unanimously July 23 to impose a 6-month moratorium on new applications, pending adoption of new rules. The planning commission last week completed its assigned task of drafting the new rules.
Residential weekly rentals are prohibited in the town unless a “use subject to review” is approved by the Town Council after a public hearing.
Concerns have been raised over the impact of the weekly rentals to the integrity of residential neighborhoods, depletion of workforce rental properties, and parking problems.
The proposed regulations would tighten restrictions on those who want to convert their homes to take advantage of the weekly vacation rental market.
But one of the most contentious issues — parking — left local officials wondering what restrictions they can actually apply.
Town Administrator Jason Wells worried that limiting parking on public streets for weekly rental guests may create a constitutional problem, creating “a different class of citizen” when it comes to parking on public streets.
“From a constitutional perspective, adopting different (parking) rules for weekly rentals than for the general population is really problematic,” Wells said.
GET THE FULL STORY IN THE SILVERTON STANDARD!
Subscribe to the e-mail edition for only $26 a year.
Get a full PDF of the entire paper every Thursday morning instantly.
Or get the traditional subscription — the newspaper mailed to your home each week, for $48 a year..
Subscribe now to “Silverton Public Newspaper,” now owned by the San Juan County Historical Society.
Just use the buttons at the top of the Silverton Standard home page.
Or call (970) 387-5477
Or send a check to Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433