Cap on short-term rentals could be one public hearing away

by Dalton Carver

There will be at least one more chance for the public to comment on a change to how short term rentals are regulated in Ouray County after a continuance Nov. 20. During the second reading of the ordinance at the Board of County Commissioners meeting that morning, the public questioned transferability of a short term rental property, resulting in revisions in ordinance language.
The ordinance revision proposes to cap the number of available short-term rental permits in the county at 100, as well as establish a waiting list for anyone that attempts to sign up after capacity is reached. That waiting list is capped at five.
Ben Tisdel, county commissioner, said the caps are an effort to sustain long-term housing in a limited market while still allowing room to grow for STRs.
“Having had this system in place for two years already and not having reaching 100 issued licenses, this was a number that still allows for expansion,” said Tisdel. “There are good reasons why we chose these numbers – short-term rentals do take housing out of the available housing stock.”
The public present at the meeting, however, didn’t have an issue with the caps. They were more concerned with the non-transferability of a license if the property it is attached to is sold.
Rick Taylor, a STR owner in Ouray County, said during the meeting he had recently renewed his license for 2019, and he offered a suggestion regarding possible transferability.
As the ordinance stands, a prospective STR applicant would have to get in line to apply for a permit, running the risk of being outside the cap and wait list limit. However, Taylor asked, what if an individual purchasing an STR-associated property wanted to...

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