Letter: MBCA and Center for Biological Diversity Address the County on STRs
Posted by Laraine Turk on June 06, 2022
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MBCA Releases Video: Seeking Housing Solutions for the Morongo BasinPosted by Laraine Turk · January 27, 2023 8:19 PMAdd your reaction ShareMBCA has posted a complete video of MBCA's Annual Meeting program "Gimme Shelter: Seeking Housing Solutions in the Morongo Basin." Other resources related to the program are provided below:
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Eblast September 22, 2022Posted by Steve Bardwell · September 22, 2022 8:13 PMContinue reading → Add your reaction Share
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Coalition Letter on Program 4 in County Housing ElementPosted by Laraine Turk · September 20, 2022 2:53 PMAdd your reaction ShareAs part of the County's amended Housing Element (required report to the state), Program 4 is a study to determine the impact of short-term rentals on the housing supply of unincorporated desert and mountain communities. In this September 19 letter to San Bernardino County's Planning Director, MBCA and the Center for Biological Diversity along with Mojave Desert Land Trust, Tahquitz Group of the Sierra Club, and Unincorporated San Bernardino Together, ask the County to show that they are taking their responsibility to their communities seriously. The letter recommends formation of two Advisory Committees – one for the Mountain Region, and one for the Desert Region. The letter also recommends setting an interim cap during the study period, plus a timeline and goals for the study. The introductory paragraphs of the letter summarize past concerns and the intent of the recommendations. For more background information, read MBCA's News posts from May 15, June 9 (MBCA letter), June 9 (letter with CBD), June 15, and July 5, 2022.
Letter: Coalition on Program 4 on County Housing ElementPosted by Laraine Turk · September 19, 2022 9:07 PM Add your reaction Share
Eblast August 15, 2022Posted by Steve Bardwell · August 15, 2022 3:22 PMContinue reading → Add your reaction Share
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Position: MBCA's Statement on Short-Term RentalsPosted by Laraine Turk · July 18, 2022 11:21 AM Add your reaction Share
MBCA Comments to County on Revised Housing ElementPosted by Laraine Turk · July 05, 2022 9:16 AMAdd your reaction ShareSan Bernardino County's June draft version of their state-required Housing Element contained some changes in direct response to the outpouring of public concerns about excessive Short Term Rentals in unincorporated Desert and Mountain areas of the County. MBCA has scrutinized the latest draft and sent a detailed comment letter thanking the County for some useful changes and pointing out the need for additional revisions. For a history of the ongoing County housing issues, see our News posts of June 9 (MBCA comment letter), June 9 (combined letter with Center for Biological Diversity), and June 15 (report on Supervisors' meeting). This Desert Sun article contains a good overview of the situation.
Mixed Results from Supervisors' Action on Short Term RentalsPosted by Laraine Turk · June 15, 2022 4:55 AM · 2 reactions2 reactions Share
MBCA President Steve Bardwell addresses Supervisors at June 14 meeting. Photo by Stacy Doolittle
At their June 14 meeting, the San Bernardino County Supervisors voted to place a 45-day moratorium on new short-term rental (STR) permits in unincorporated areas of the County via this Urgency Ordinance. During this time the County is expected to initiate studies about housing issues caused by the excessive number of STRs. The Board also voted to prohibit transfer of STR permits with home sales and limited STR ownership to 2 per person. Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe was instrumental in championing these actions.
The Supervisors also voted on revisions to the existing Short Term Rental Ordinance forwarded by the Planning Commission. Supervisor Rowe made a motion to limit corporate and LLC ownership of STRs, but was unable to get a second on her motion to move it to a vote. MBCA along with other speakers emphasized the need to gather data and analyze the effect of STRs and housing needs at the local level incorporating input from the local community. This as the supervisors emphasized that the STR ordinance is a ‘living’ ordinance that should be expected to be revised over time.
There was some recognition by the Supervisors that any analysis could require more than 45 days of study. County Counsel informed the supervisors that the urgency notice could be extended for 10 months 15 days, and then for an additional year for a two year maximum.
MBCA's Pause Petition sent to the County on June 12 plus an Addendum presented at the meeting on June 14 were signed by a total of 474 people with 136 comments..
MBCA and Center for Biological Diversity Address the County on STRsPosted by Laraine Turk · June 09, 2022 12:51 PMContinue reading → Add your reaction ShareAfter months of escalating concern about the proliferation of short-term rentals across San Bernardino County, especially in the desert and mountain regions, MBCA joined with the Center for Biological Diversity to ask the County to immediately pause the approval of short-term rentals. The letter also urges a comprehensive study of both STR problems and the growing lack of rental housing availability.
MBCA Addresses the County’s Housing Element Inconsistencies and Short-Term RentalsPosted by Laraine Turk · June 09, 2022 12:50 PMAdd your reaction ShareIn this public comment letter to the County and to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), MBCA details the many inconsistencies between the state-required Housing Element policies and the County's open-ended Short-Term Rental Ordinance. A few of the many issues covered are housing displacement, lack of acknowledgement of community input, quantifying of housing unit objectives, and data about housing stock and housing types.See All Short Term Rental related NewsDo you like this post?
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