View The Most Recent Discussion Regarding Short Term Rental Homes and Condos in Summit County Colorado
Thank you to everyone who attended the September 17 Countywide Planning Commission public hearing and/or submitted written comments to share your feedback on the draft STR regulations for unincorporated Summit County. In response to extensive community input, the Countywide Planning Commission forwarded a recommendation that the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approve the proposed regulations with several recommended modifications:
1. The original draft included a requirement for a local managing agent. The Planning Commission has recommended the Countychange the managing agent requirement to ‘responsible agent’ instead of ‘local agent,’ with a three strike policy for non-responsiveness, after which the owner would need to get a local agent in order to retain their STR permit. The responsible agent is a contact person responsible for responding to all issues within 60 minutes, 24/7, either by phone, text or in-person, with no requirement that this contact person be located within Summit County or within 30 minutes driving distance of the STR property.
2. The original draft included occupancy limits of 2 persons per bedroom plus two additional occupants. The Planning Commission has recommended the County amend the proposed occupancy limits to allow two persons per bedroom plus two additional occupants, or one person per 300 sq. ft., whichever is more. Also, the Planning Commission recommended a loft should be recognized as an additional sleeping room allowing 2 occupants, provided the loft complies with relevant sleeping room building code safety standards.
3. The Planning Commission recommended establishing a Class 2 administrative conditional use permit (CUP) process for the County to review requests for: a. Additional occupancy that is greater than the occupancy limits specified in the STR regulations based on the number of bedrooms or unit square footage.
b. Any proposed STR unit that is 6,000 sq. ft. or greater, and/or any STR unit proposing an occupancy of 20 people or more.
4. The original draft proposed parking requirements of 1 parking space per bedroom, with a minimum of 2 parking spaces required for all units. The Planning Commission has recommended the County revise the proposed parking standards to require a minimum of 1 parking space per unit up to a maximum of 5 outdoor parking spaces. Also, require the number of available on-site parking spaces to be included in the advertising, and require STR owners/managers to align the numberof allowed vehicles with the number of parking spaces as advertised and available on-site. Allow requests for additional outdoor parking spaces to be reviewed through a Class 2 administrative conditional use permit (CUP).
5. The original draft included a 2-year permit revocation period during which no new STR permit applications could be approved for a STR property. The Planning Commission recommended the County modify the permit revocation provisions to allow a new property owner to be eligible to apply for a new STR permit, in situations where there is a legitimate sale of the property to a buyer unaffiliated with the previous owner whose permit was revoked.
6. The Planning Commission has recommended that notification to the neighboring property owners should be provided, to inform the neighbors of the STR permit and the protocol to report any issues or concerns.