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Vacation rentals and signs get council treatment

What’s the issue?

Several attempts to bring signs into compliance with the city’s sign ordinance, adopted in 1994, have failed. Some members of the business community have criticized the ordinance as allowing too much uncertainty and being unequally enforced.

What’s happening?

City staff have proposed several changes that would not require another 15 year amortization period, like one that lapsed in 2009.

The changes would allow advertising on buses and taxi cabs, changeable message signs, very limited use of sandwich boards and light backgrounds on signs that have exterior lighting.

Incentives to encourage businesses to comply with the ordinance have also been proposed.

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What’s next?

The city council will hold a work session to discuss changes, including those proposed by staff. The changes are designed to make the ordinance more flexible and better enforced, according to city documents.

The work session will begin following the conclusion of the council’s regular meeting Tuesday. The council will not take action on the changes, but is expected to discuss and possibly approve changes at a future city council meeting.

What’s the issue?

At its June 7 meeting, the council rejected several recommendations from staff regarding changes to its vacation rental ordinance.

What’s happening?

The council directed staff to bring back administrative changes, including consolidating management of the program under the chief of police and describing time periods in terms of “business days.” A proposed late fee is not included in the changes.

What’s next?

The council will discuss and possibly approve the changes Tuesday. If approved, the council could adopt the changes July 6.

What’s the issue?

A recently approved strategic plan calls for greater collaboration between the city and surrounding agencies and jurisdictions.

What’s happening?

A joint meeting of the city council and Douglas County Commissioners has been proposed.

Topics of discussion could include the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, improving regional services, a vision for the casino corridor, the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at Stateline, Lake Tahoe Airport and other transportation issues, according to city documents.

A proposed July 30 meeting date for the meeting was scrapped after Douglas County Commission Chairman Mike Olson was unable to attend due to vacation.

What’s next?

The council is expected to discuss possible dates for a rescheduled meeting Tuesday.