Parties reach agreement pausing new VHR occupancy limits in South Lake Tahoe; court hearing to be canceled | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Parties reach agreement pausing new VHR occupancy limits in South Lake Tahoe; court hearing to be canceled

A VHR in South Lake Tahoe.
Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Tribune file photo

The city of South Lake Tahoe has reached an agreement with a group of property owners to pause enforcement of new vacation home rental occupancy limits while a lawsuit makes its way through the court.

The agreement means a court hearing, which had been scheduled for Jan. 24 but was rescheduled for Jan. 31, will no longer be necessary.

The group behind the lawsuit, identified in court documents as the South Lake Tahoe Property Owners Group, originally requested a preliminary injunction against the entire 2018 ballot measure, known as Measure T.

In addition to prohibiting VHRs in residential areas at the end of 2021, Measure T immediately enacted stricter occupancy limits and prohibited the city from approving new VHR applications.

In December, a judge issued a temporary restraining order on the new occupancy limits for one month — a move the city did not oppose.

After a closed session meeting earlier this month, City Council directed City Attorney Heather Stroud to try and reach an agreement with the property group to continue the restraining order on the new occupancy limits but allow the rest of the measure to remain in effect.

The two sides reached that agreement on Jan. 16.

Per the agreement, the city takes no position on the property group’s arguments requesting a preliminary injunction.

Additionally, the property group maintains its right to request a preliminary injunction at a later date after the merits of the case are heard.

Although the hearing for a preliminary injunction is still on the El Dorado County Superior Court calendar for Jan. 31, Stroud told the Tribune Judge Warren Stracener will likely vacate the hearing in the coming days since it is no longer necessary.

The case is being heard in El Dorado County Superior Court District 9, located in Cameron Park.

The city has yet to publicly determine how vigorously, if at all, it will defend Measure T in court.