On Tuesday, August 31st, at 1:00 PM, the Placer County Board of Supervisors will hold a Public hearing to consider an extension of the July 27, 2021, Urgency Ordinance that Established a Moratorium on the Issuance of New Short-Term Rental Permits. If approved, it would remain active/in-force through the end of March 2022 as proposed.  You may attend the in-person or virtually, and can participate either by sending in an e-mail correspondence prior to the meeting, or by testifying during this agenda item.  The meeting will take place at the County’s main offices, located at 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603. The meeting on Tuesday, August 31st, will begin at 9:00 AM, but the Urgency Ordinance extension consideration is a “time-certain” item that will not be heard until 1:00 PM.  

On the Agenda Page you should find the Zoom link and other pertinent information.  It will also provide you with phone or in-person particulars. If you prefer to communicate with the Board of Supervisors via mail, you may email cjacobse@placer.ca.gov or jpaine@placer.ca.gov. The earlier you submit your commentary the better; but even 24 hours before the meeting date County Staff says they will distribute your commentary to each Councilmember. 

If you wish your correspondence to formally and directly address the Board of Supervisors, they are:

  • Bonnie Gore, District 1
  • Robert Weygandt, District 2, Chair
  • Jim Holmes, District 3
  • Suzanne Jones, District 4                                                                                                           
  • Cindy Gustafson, District 5, Vice Chair 

In care of: Megan Wood, Clerk of the Board

Message from your Advocate, John Falk:

Our concerns are that this action will not address the workforce housing shortage in Eastern Placer County, nor will it strengthen the Code enforcement of “bad actors” STR occupants (The two reasons often cited for limiting the number of STR permits issued).  Answers to both of these above-mentioned issues can be worked out, but will require measures that actually target the two principle reasons often cited as the cause for limiting STR permits.  Our Tourism-based economy depends upon the availability of STRs throughout the year.  The creation of artificial scarcity by limiting STR permits could do damage to our region’s economic backbone. 

Of course, STRs that are properly managed are a residential use like any other.  As such, the murky area of infringement upon property rights is also of concern.  Whether it’s a primary home, a second home that’s used exclusively by the owner, or a rental of any length, from short- to long-term, seems reasonable for it to be allowed.  Bad actors need to be better addressed by County enforcement.  The workforce housing crisis and overall high cost to rent, lease, or purchase a home should also be tackled by the County.  The question is whether you think that artificially limiting STRs will advance either objective.