The group charged with reaching a consensus on how to regulate vacation rental dwellings (VRDs) in Lincoln City is gearing up for a discussion of whether to recommend dividing the city into “yes” and “no” zones for future rentals.
The VRD Consensus Working Group will hold its final meeting 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to pore over a map that could be a key part of the recommendation that goes to city council later this year.
The map, which is the result of behind-the-scenes negotiations since the group’s August meeting, shows each part of the city as either green or red — with green representing areas where new VRDs would be encouraged and red representing parts of town where they would be prohibited.
The Sept 12 meeting will see the working group, which includes local residents, property managers and business owners, hammer out a final version of the map.
Professor Richard Birke, the conflict resolution expert facilitating the group’s discussion, said members will also have to reach a consensus about how to deal with VRDs that end up in “no” areas.
He said options could include allowing such VRDs to continue operating for a certain number of years or until certain milestones occur — such as the property changing hands.
The Sept. 12 meeting will be preceded by a half-hour public comment starting at 4 p.m. and will end with another comment period from 8 to 8:30 p.m.
To view the maps, click on the PDF links at the left of this page. The proposed Yes and No zones are shown in green and red on the right-hand side of each map.