As we mentioned in the Spring e-Focus,
this year the Amador County Planning Department drafted a Short-Term Rental Ordinance and circulated it for public review. The Planning Commission then held two public hearings to take citizen comment.
The Foothill Conservancy supported developing the ordinance in order to monitor and control the potential effects of those units on communities in our unincorporated areas. An ordinance would allow the county to know the number, type, and density of STRs in the unincorporated area, as well as to mitigate their impacts on the availability of rental housing for long-term residents and provide a legal basis for responding to neighbors' noise or nuisance complaints.
In response to concerns raised by property owners engaged in the short-term rental business, at its July 23 meeting, the Amador County Board of Supervisors unanimously directed staff to stop work on the draft ordinance and instead to come up with a noise or nuisance ordinance. The goal is to craft an effective tool to control problem “party houses” that regularly disrupt residents' peace and quiet.
At the Amador County Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee meeting October 1, county staff presented a draft noise nuisance ordinance for review. They also drafted a greatly simplified short-term rental ordinance that incorporated the noise nuisance language. After hearing from attendees, including our representatives and some party-house neighbors, Committee members Supervisors Frank Axe and Richard Forster directed staff to refine the noise ordinance, return it to them for review, and prepare to present it to the full board.