Vacation home ordinance could be passed Tuesday |

Vacation home ordinance could be passed Tuesday

This could be it. The City Council may determine Tuesday night whether a new vacation-home rental ordinance has a home in South Lake Tahoe.

The panel will have a public hearing and second reading of the proposed law, a standard protocol, at its 6 p.m. meeting in council chambers at 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Wrapping up a yearlong effort spearheaded by the City Attorney’s Office, the hearing may represent the last time interested parties have to express their support or opposition to the controversial ordinance.

Property managers and disgruntled permanent residents have come out in full force to voice their opinions of the ordinance, with the issue becoming contemptuous at times.

The newly sworn-in council took on the involved issue affecting 1,100 residences in town at its first meeting Dec. 10 by returning the draft with enough changes to require a second first reading.

The working draft has undergone massaging and yet more massaging to create an ordinance that tracks the activity at the transient households through a permit process. Its primary intent serves to stem the tide on inappropriate behavior, noise, trash, overcrowding and parking problems in South Lake Tahoe neighborhoods.

The ordinance delegates much of the responsibility to the property owner, who could be fined up to $1,000 for up to four repeat offenses at a household. A fifth offense may constitute the property owner losing the permit and therefore the ability to rent out the dwelling.

In the ordinance’s current state, parking would be limited to on-site space, with the exception of an area “immediately in front of the vacation home rental.” According to existing code, overnight parking is prohibited during snow removal season and after 72 hours on city streets.

Occupancy would also be limited to two people per bedroom that meet building code requirements, with an additional four people per residence.

In other business, the council will discuss finding a new home for the El Dorado County animal shelter on 2 acres of land at the Lake Tahoe Airport.

The airport’s capital improvement plan has also made the agenda.

The panel will also discuss a new home for city offices, requesting City Manager David Jinkens to draft a letter to the county to deem a suitable parcel for city hall.

— Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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