County Commissioners continue outreach on short-term vacation rentals in Kitsap County. After reviewing public input from a recent survey and outreach events, Commissioners directed staff to host interest-based focus groups (such as short-term rental operators and neighbors) to review preliminary regulatory concepts.
The regulatory concepts were developed after an extensive outreach effort. Public comments received through mid-June on the impacts and opportunities from short-term vacation rentals and related survey responses were summarized and are now available for review. Participation was excellent with more than 26 comment submittals, over 300 citizens attending outreach events, and 894 responses to the survey.
This input provided an understanding of the range of interests, needs, and perspectives of owners/hosts (operators), users, neighbors, and citizens. The results lead to a general conclusion that short-term rentals are an important part of the local tourist economy but some level of oversight is necessary to prevent impacts to community character and neighborhoods.
Additional outreach will continue through the summer with potential focus groups and other discussions. Please check the project website for ongoing updates and click here to sign up for the project email list.
If you have any questions, comments, or would like additional information, please visit the project website or contact Eric Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jennifer Cannon, email@example.com, in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080.
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