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    Proposed Regulations Sent Back to Planning Commission

    The Board of County Commissioners (BCC), at its Aug. 23, 2011 hearing, unanimously voted to remand to the Planning Commission proposed changes to the county's Zoning Resolution for clarity and recommendations.

    Currently the county does not have any regulations for short-term rentals (STR). Without mention in the Zoning Resolution, STRs are zoning violations; and if homeowners wish to rent their homes for less than 30 days, they have to apply to rezone their property. The proposed changes have criteria to cover issues like parking and proof of adequate water, sewer and fire protection. They also outline an annual permit process.

    Prior to the BCC reviewing the draft at its public hearing, the proposal was heard at the Planning Commission hearing on Aug. 3. The Planning Commission voted 6-1 to deny the STR regulations. The BCC is asking the Planning Commission to rehear the case and provide a definition of a "Short Term Rental." Even if the recommended definition would contain language to keep STRs as a zoning violation, the BCC feels a definition would provide better guidelines to staff on how to handle them instead of continuing to have no mention in the Zoning Resolution.

    Additionally, the BCC has asked for the Planning Commission for a clear opinion and recommendation on whether or not STRs are something that should be allowed in unincorporated Jefferson County, regardless of their recommendation on the proposed regulations.

    The item is scheduled to be heard at the Oct. 5 Planning Commission meeting, which begins at 6:15 p.m. and is in hearing room one at the Jeffco Admin and Courts Facility.

    September 12, 2011

    Last Updated: 8-19-2014