By Mike Wiggins
Ouray's burgeoning collection of short-term rentals will be regulated for the first time under an ordinance approved by the City Council Monday night, but the thorny question of whether the city will limit how many can operate remains unanswered.
Councilors voted 4-0 — Mayor Pro Tem Glenn Boyd was absent — to adopt the ordinance on first reading. It will come up for a second reading and public hearing on June 17, where tweaks could be made. But in terms of pushing the ordinance through, the bulk of the council's work is likely done.
The decision comes nearly two years after the council tasked a citizen committee with evaluating the impacts of short-term rentals and drafting an initial set of regulations. The regulations were modified through a series of planning commission and city council work sessions and meetings. Planning commissioners recommended approval of the regulations in October.
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