Douglas County names VHR task force members
STATELINE, Nev. — Members of a citizen’s task force to review the county’s vacation home rental policy have been named.
Acting Community Development Director Dave Lundergreen said 11 members were selected from a pool of 35 applicants. Six are from Lake Tahoe while five are Carson Valley representatives.
A presentation on the task force was slated for the Douglas County Commission’s agenda Thursday but the meeting, which was planned for Stateline, was canceled due to a winter storm.
Lundergreen said the plan moving forward will be for commissioners to establish the task force’s scope of work so that it can proceed with meetings.
A chief goal for the task force is to recommend whether VHRs should be expanded to the East Fork Township, which covers all of Douglas County outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Currently, the rentals are only legal in Tahoe Township, which has an estimated 500 permits.
While 46 percent of 1,010 Douglas County residents who took an online survey said they favored allowing VHRs countywide, nearly a quarter opposed them entirely and another 24 percent said they should be limited to the Tahoe Township.
Respondents were also split on whether there should be a cap on the number of vacation rentals, with 49 percent supporting a cap in the Lake Tahoe area while 51 percent opposed it; 51 percent would support a cap if rentals are allowed countywide while 49 percent would oppose a cap.
The concept which received the most support was “allowing owners to rent rooms out of their homes as short-term rentals,” which was supported by 65 percent of the respondents and opposed by only 34 percent.
VHRs are one of the most contentious issues at Lake Tahoe. Voters in South Lake Tahoe in November elected to effectively ban VHRs in residential areas in three years. A lawsuit was filed to try to stop the measure.
In Washoe County, Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler is hosting a community meeting in Incline Village on Monday, Jan. 21, to discuss potential changes to the county’s rules governing short-term rentals.
For information about the Douglas County vacation home rental permit process, or to obtain a copy of Douglas County Code Chapter 20.622, “Vacation Rentals in the Tahoe Township,” contact the VHR Division of Community Development at 775-782-6214.
To report a problematic VHR property, call the 24/7 hotline at 775–234–0404, or report the complaint online at http://www.hostcompliance.com/tips
The six Lake Tahoe members are:
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority’s Carol Chaplin
Zephyr Cove GID Chairman Mickie Hempler
Glenbrook Rental Program LLC’s Kevin Kjer
Summit Village HOA President Lauren Romain
Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce Director Steve Teshara
Sierra Nevada Association of Realtors representative Natalie Yannish.
Carson Valley members are
Genoa Lakes HOA’s Dan Aynesworth
Carson Valley Golf Course owner Tom Brooks
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Bill Chernock
Business owner Dan Reed
Carson Valley Visitors Authority Director Jan Vandermade