Washoe County officials hosting meeting in Incline Village to discuss short-term rental regulations
January 18, 2019
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The community here will have an opportunity to provide input on revisions to how Washoe County regulates short-term rentals.
Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler is hosting the meeting on Monday, Jan. 21, to gather input regarding the rentals, which are one of the most controversial issues around the lake.
As the Tribune reported in December, the county is hoping to bring clarity to its current regulations, which are confusing at best.
One section of the code establishes the authority for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority to issue licenses and collect transient occupancy tax — a room tax levied against lodging entities such as hotels and short-term rentals.
In contradiction, the development section of the county code effectively prohibits short-term rentals in residential areas.
"There's a conflict or a gray area between the two codes," Bob Webb, planning manager in the Washoe County Planning and Building Division, told the Tribune in December.
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Berkbigler said it is clear the county has to clarify the regulations.
"I think we're going to have to put in some regulations that are more effective," she said.
What "more effective" looks like will be determined, in part, by the input from the community.
So far Berkbigler said she has heard diverse input ranging from doing nothing to prohibiting the rentals in residential areas altogether.
As for the timeline, Berkbigler said she expects a draft ordinance to likely come before commissioners in late February or early March.
"This is not something that can be resolved and fixed overnight," she said.
After the meeting on Jan. 21, she plans to work with staff to draft new regulations. After that, she plans on bringing the draft to a IV/CB Community Forum meeting for feedback.
The community meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Sierra Nevada College in the TCES building.