The Ashland City Council put in a full three and a half hours at the Tuesday Business meeting last night and decided in the end they will still need more time to study the issue of relaxing City rules regarding short-term vacation rentals. The Council will next take up the issue at an August 19 Study Session. Because of the length of last night’s meeting, todays Channel 14 Council replay will be rescheduled to 1:30pm Thursday instead of 3pm today, as there is a live 1:30pm Jackson Co. Land Use Hearing on the proposed ODOT rest area near Ashland.
One of the items brought to the Council by the Planning Commission was to allow rental opportunities in single-family zoned neighborhoods, but a majority of the Council did not support the modification of current regulations. One of the key concerns was the potential lack of long-term rental units available for workers and families who want to live in Ashland, but might be forced to outlying communities should that inventory tighten.
The entire Council meeting will be available on the City website this morning on the Meeting Archive page.