Kitsap County News

  
1/29/2019

The public has two new opportunities to learn about and provide input on Kitsap County's initiative to update its current code for short-term vacation rentals. County staff will review the benefits and impacts of vacation rentals on our communities and neighborhoods and discuss concerns. Input gathered will inform new policies that protect customers, uphold building safety and prevent adverse community impacts.

A public open house focusing entirely on short-term vacation rentals is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Commissioners Chamber of the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard. There is time to review materials before the presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. The final hour is dedicated to sharing information, discussions, and questions to staff.  

Another presentation takes place during the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. (the presentation will start about 7:30 p.m.) Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston. Please note: public comment time is at the discretion of the council since this is one of several agenda items.

A survey remains open through Feb. 28. Citizens are asked to share their thoughts on short-term vacation rentals. Click here to learn more about vacation rentals and go to the survey directly at http://kcowa.us/strsurvey.

Short-term vacation rentals are popular alternatives to traditional lodging and hundreds have sprouted up in unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. Vacation rentals can fill gaps left by a lack of hotels, provide supplemental income to property owners and support tourism. But the growth of these short-term accommodations has also raised safety concerns and led to impacts to neighbors including noise, disrespectful guests, parking and intrusions onto private shorelines.

For more information on short-term vacation rental policy development and public outreach, to submit public comment, and to sign up to receive project updates automatically, visit the project website or contact Eric Baker in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4495, ebaker@co.kitsap.wa.us. 

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