IN THE CITY COUNCIL
FOR THE CITY OF HOOD RIVER, OREGON
ORDINANCE NO. 2026
An Ordinance amending Hood River Municipal Code Title 17 (Zoning) Chapter 17.01.060 Definitions; Chapters 17.03.010 Urban Low Density Residential Zone (R-1), Urban Standard Density Residential Zone (R-2), 17.03.030 Urban High Density Residential Zone (R-3), 17.03.040 Office/Residential Zone (C-1); 17.03.050 General Commercial Zone (C-2); Chapter 17.23 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) and to add a new section 17.04.115 Hosted Home Shares and Vacation Rentals
The Hood River City Council finds as follows:
WHEREAS, the Hood River Housing Strategy Document was drafted and approved by the City Council on September 14, 2015 to provide a path for the City to implement the adopted housing policies taking into consideration the work done and policies adopted by the Council relative to the City’s Vision and the City’s Economic Opportunities Analysis. On that date, the City Council directed staff to begin the code process to limit and regulate short term rentals (Strategy 2 of the Housing Document); and
WHEREAS, the City Council discussed a variety of approaches and took testimony from citizens and other interested parties before reaching general consensus on a framework for STR regulations. After taking public input on September 29, 2015, November 9, 2015 and November 16, 2015, the Council formalized their direction stating they were equally concerned about the number of short term rentals reducing the number of year-round units available for year round workers (in conflict with Goal 9- “create a desired balance between the quality of life of this community and economic health of the city”) as well as the erosion of the livability of neighborhoods due to the clustering of vacation rentals (in conflict with Goal 9 - “Preserve and promote the city’s “quality of life” including small town atmosphere, family-oriented community”) and directed staff to draft code; and
WHEREAS, this initial draft was presented to the Planning Commission for public hearing; and this draft code was used as the basis for the City Council to initiate potential code amendments in accordance with HRMC 17.08.010 (Legislative Zone Changes and Plan Amendments); and
WHEREAS, the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) was notified on January 26, 2016 for a February 29, 2016 public hearing before the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission hearing was held on February 29, 2016; and deliberated on March 21, 2016 and April 4, 2016 culminating in a recommendation of the proposed changes to Title 17 to the City Council; and
WHEREAS, the Hood River City Council held a duly noticed public hearing on at the Council’s April 11, 2016 and April 25, 2016 meetings at which time the Council accepted written and oral testimony; and
WHEREAS, the Hood River City Council deliberated again at its regular public meetings on May 9, 2016, June 7, 2016, June 13, 2016, June 27, 2016 and July 25, 2016, after which the Council deliberated and tentatively voted to approve a modified set of short-term rental regulations as amendments to HRMC Title 17 as set forth in Exhibit A.
NOW, THEREFORE, based on the foregoing findings, which are incorporated herein by this reference, the Hood River City Council Ordains as follows:
Section 1 – Amendment. Title 17 (Zoning) Chapter 17.01.060 Definitions; Chapters 17.03.010 Urban Low Density Residential Zone (R-1), Urban Standard Density Residential Zone (R-2), 17.03.030 Urban High Density Residential Zone (R-3), Office/Residential Zone (C-1); 17.03.050 General Commercial Zone (C-2); Chapter 17.23 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) of the Hood River Municipal Code shall be amended as set forth in Exhibit A, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference, and a new section 17.04.115 Hosted Home Shares and Vacation Rentals shall be added.
Section 2 – Supplemental Findings Adopted. As supplemental findings, Council adopts the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law set forth in Exhibit B, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference.
Section 3 – Savings Clause. In the event that a court of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision, clause, section, subsection or part thereof is unconstitutional or unlawful in any respect, that determination shall not affect the validity of all remaining provisions, clauses, sections, subsections or parts thereof, which shall remain in full force and effect.
Read for the First Time this 22 day of August 2016.
Read for the Second Time and approved this 12 day of September 2016. This Ordinance shall take effect on the 31st day following the second reading.
Paul Blackburn, Mayor
Jennifer Gray, City Recorder Approved as to form:
Daniel Kearns, City Attorney