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    December 11, 2015 • Seaside Signal • seasidesignal.com • 7A
Cannon Beach prepares to go its
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Residents may see big
insurance savings
By Dani Palmer
EO Media Group
R.J. MARX/THE DAILY ASTORIAN
Councilors Sue Lorain and Dan Jesse at the Gearhart City
Council meeting.
Gearhart plans
new short-term
rental rules
the playing for ev-
Poll is scrapped as city level
erybody. ”
schedules work session Mixed input
Over recent weeks,
councilors had solicited
letters and comments from
Gearhart councilors homeowners and renters
reversed course Wednes- alike.
“We are not Seaside or
day, Dec. 2, and scrapped
plans for a short-term Cannon Beach and I sug-
rental survey among resi- gest that we not copy their
dents. The survey, which ways,” Whittemore said in
would have been insert- opposing regulation. “Let’s
ed in water bills, was to keep the ‘heart’ in Gear-
determine the public’s hart.”
Vacation guests Michel
inclination to regulate
short-term housing rent- and Marian Boileau urged
the council not to restrict
als.
Of the city’s 1,200 short-term rentals in Gear-
homes with water con- hart. Without a short-term
nections, more than 80 vacation home available,
are used for short-term “we would not have come
rentals, City Manager to Gearhart for our vaca-
Chad Sweet said in a No- tion,” they wrote.
Planning Commission
vember analysis. Thir-
Richard
W\¿YHRIWKRVHDOORZIRU Vice-President
occupancy of 10 or more. Owsley supported reg-
“I don’t think the poll ulation. “By consensus,
will do any good at this the Planning Commission
point,” Mayor Dianne recommends and supports
short-term
W i d d o p
rental regula-
said.
“It’s
and we
not going to
‘We are not Seaside tions,
are ready to
accomplish
a n y t h i n g . or Cannon Beach and begin work
immediately,”
People who
have vaca- I suggest that we not Owsley told
the council.
tion
rent-
copy their ways.’
“Success-
als in their
ful
regula-
neighbor-
Laurie Whittemore,
tion I’ve seen
hood
will
homeowner
along
the
possibly re-
coast includes
spond to it.
People who don’t have prudent limitations to the
vacation rentals in their amount of guests a home
neighborhood — I see can have, as well as the
amount of vehicles,” wrote
totally apathy.”
Widdop said the poll Dean McElveen, director
would likely be inter- of operations for Oregon
preted in different ways Beach Vacations.
“I am looking for regu-
without providing real
guidance for the council. lation that permits rentals
“Right now it’s more while protecting the feel of
important we go home our residential, non-touristy
and start working on community,” said Jeremy
regulations, some things 'DYLV ZKR ZDV RI¿FLDOO\
we want to do going for- appointed to the city’s Plan-
ward, so we can have ning Commission Wednes-
things set up for the day.
South Marion Avenue
summer rental season,”
resident Paula Madden
Widdop said.
North Marion Ave- urged adoption of measures
nue homeowner Laurie like those in Cannon Beach.
Whittemore asked coun- These could limit the num-
cilors to adopt educa- ber of short-term rentals
tional tools rather than and establish a minimum
number of days per stay to
regulation.
“I urge the City Coun- EHWZHHQ¿YHDQGVHYHQGD\V
cil to adopt a collabora- in the high summer season.
“Gearhart should learn
tive approach with the
short-term rental home- from the Cannon Beach ex-
owners,”
Whittemore ample and follow this lead
said. “Rather than pit- without delay,” Madden
ting one side against the wrote.
other, please forgo re-
strictions in favor of an Joint work
session planned
educational approach.”
Widdop, Lorain and
Council Sue Lorain
said education is “al- Councilors Dan Jesse and
Paulina Cockrum voted to
ways a good thing.”
“But I believe, also forgo the poll, while Coun-
with education, we need cilor Kerry Smith voted on
some fundamental things its behalf.
Councilors plan a joint
that give consistency to
all the rentals,” she said. City Council and Planning
Lorain asked council- Commission work session,
ors to choose language OLNHO\WKH¿UVWFRXQFLOPHHW-
carefully and avoid ing of the new year.
In preparation, Sweet
words like “restrictions”
or “bans,” which have was instructed to gather in-
formation on licensing, reg-
negative connotations.
“I don’t think it has ulations, safety and health
ever come up that we measures, rules and taxation.
“I think it would be nice,
have ever said we want
to ban or prohibit these Chad, for you to get some of
homes, but what we the rules of people who have
want is a regulation for successful rentals, so we can
uniformity,” Lorain said. get a wider range of what’s
“I don’t think we need a working,” Lorain said.
“So we don’t need to re-
survey. I think we need
some minimum regu- invent the wheel,” Widdop
lation from the start to added.
By R.J. Marx
Seaside Signal
CANNON BEACH —
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insurance savings to Cannon
Beach residents. But because
of problems with North
County mapping, it looked
like South County’s savings
would be delayed.
Cannon Beach was ready
to make a request to the Fed-
eral Emergency Management
Agency to adopt the maps,
encouraged by business own-
ers and residents who said
changes would lower costs.
City Planner Mark Barnes
had begun writing a draft.
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During a City Council
work session last month,
Barnes said FEMA decided
to accelerate its adoption of
Cannon Beach and Seaside
maps, removing the need to
send a letter. In an email ex-
change shared with Barnes,
Stephen Lucker, mapping
specialist with the Oregon
Department of Land Con-
servation and Development,
asked FEMA engineer Da-
vid Ratte if the agency was
“preparing to separate out
the Warrenton and Colum-
bia Estuary work and move
forward with the rest of the
country.” Ratte answered
yes.
In this FEMA flood plain map draft, Cannon Beach’s downtown area would be removed from
the flood plain.
“It is important for insur-
ance payers throughout the
county to get this right, and
that’s what we’re determined
to do,” Warrenton Mayor
Mark Kujala told The Daily
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Astorian in August.
cost savings
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the county together.
North County agencies and subsidies were phased
are now working together to out last year.
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storm drains. The maps
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could negatively impact
homes near the beach.
Overall, Barnes said
the map changes would be
“overwhelmingly good” for
Cannon Beach.
Mixed results
FEMA’s adoption pro-
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however.
about six months, the time it
Those along the water- would have taken to receive
front would likely see a 50-50 approval for the letter of
split — some insurance rates map revision request.
would rise and others would
Cannon Beach will go
lower or remain the same.
through a local adoption
Oceanfront homes are process for regulatory pur-
most affected by velocity poses once the maps are
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surges, as opposed to down- the spring.
Barnes has said “the cost sav-
ings there are tremendous.”
Community
member
Bruce Francis urged the
council to move quickly on
adopting a Letter of Map
Revision request during an
October meeting “so citi-
zens can take advantage of
the lowered rates.”
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