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Encinitas to cap variety of short-term trip rental permits

Encinitas will cap the variety of permits it can challenge to short-term trip rental properties, however the brand new cap might be excessive sufficient that there is nonetheless room for extra of them to open on the town, the Metropolis Council determined Wednesday.

Beneath the brand new laws, which would require state Coastal Fee approval, there might be each a citywide restrict on the variety of permits issued and a particular, less-strict restrict that applies to the favored rental areas west of Interstate 5. Each requirements are share -based, that means the variety of permits can improve because the variety of properties in Encinitas will increase.

The citywide cap might be set at 2.5 p.c of town’s whole housing items, whereas the coastal cap might be 4 p.c. Utilizing the brand new normal and the present whole variety of properties in Encinitas, the variety of permits that might be issued citywide can be 665, or 326 greater than the present determine, metropolis information point out. For the coastal area, the overall quantity can be 386, or 109 greater than what presently exists.

Permits issued for town’s gated Seabluffe group, which was designed with trip leases in thoughts, will not be counted as a part of the coastal allow cap. Additionally, the brand new allow limits will apply to whole-house leases — locations the place the proprietor does not reside on the property, confused Councilmember Pleasure Lyndes, who together with Councilmember Tony Kranz, served on a committee that helped draft the brand new requirements.

“Really, we’re not capping all short-term leases, these are simply the non-hosted (ones),” she mentioned, noting that the non-owner occupied properties are those that town hears complaints about from neighbors.

Mayor Catherine Blakespear mentioned she supported putting limits on the variety of short-term leases — locations which might be rented for lower than a month and sometimes per week or much less — as a result of town has a scarcity of long-term rental properties, notably inexpensive items.

“To me, the caps are actually essential” for serving to town with its housing challenge, she mentioned.

The council’s vote was 4-0, with Councilwoman Kellie Hinze recusing herself as a result of her household operates a trip rental.

Earlier than the vote, the council heard from 18 public audio system, lots of them house owners or managers of short-term trip leases who opposed the cap and an accompanying requirement that any new short-term trip leases be not less than 200 toes from any present short-term time period leases.

A number of trip rental operators mentioned they felt town was attempting to drive them out of enterprise. They famous that that is the second set of latest laws the council has enacted prior to now yr. The earlier one set new requirements for non-owner occupied items, together with minimal night time keep necessities.

Trip rental firm proprietor Kimberly Jackson mentioned town ought to deal with getting rid of some “unhealthy apples” within the trip rental enterprise, reasonably than making situations tough for all of the enterprise house owners.

“While you make issues so restrictive like this, folks go underground,” she mentioned, mentioning that Del Mar has an issue with unlawful trip rental items.

For info on the brand new ordinance, the historical past of trip rental laws and a mapping program that exhibits places of trip leases in Encinitas, go to: Permits/Quick-term-Leases

In different motion Wednesday, the council unanimously accredited a 4-percent pay elevate for Metropolis Supervisor Pamela Antil. With the elevate, her annual base wage will change into $265,200.

“I feel you do a wonderful job,” the Mayor advised Antil, and Councilman Joe Mosca mentioned he echoed that remark.

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