Short-term Rentals

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We are engaging the community on the topic of Short-term rentals

In November of 2021, the City began researching ways to fairly address concerns of the community around short-term rentals (STRs). As part of this research, the City is conducted community engagement throughout June and July of 2022. Input from the community has been critical to helping City Council and staff understand how best to address the topic.

Our goal was to collect input from a wide variety of community members. This input was used to inform the final recommendation from City staff to the City Council on how best to address community concerns.

There were two primary ways that the City collected input:

Online Questionnaire: Community questionnaire developed to solicit opinions from a wide variety of community members.

In-Person Community Conversations: In-person facilitated conversations between small groups of community members. Held on July 6 at 7:30 am and 6:00pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.

Throughout the community engagement process, we heard from over 400 individual community members on the topic. Want to know what we heard? Check out the Community Engagement Report.

For project updates and current status, check out the "News Feed" below. For links to recordings of meetings, check out the "Important Links" section of this page.

We are engaging the community on the topic of Short-term rentals

In November of 2021, the City began researching ways to fairly address concerns of the community around short-term rentals (STRs). As part of this research, the City is conducted community engagement throughout June and July of 2022. Input from the community has been critical to helping City Council and staff understand how best to address the topic.

Our goal was to collect input from a wide variety of community members. This input was used to inform the final recommendation from City staff to the City Council on how best to address community concerns.

There were two primary ways that the City collected input:

Online Questionnaire: Community questionnaire developed to solicit opinions from a wide variety of community members.

In-Person Community Conversations: In-person facilitated conversations between small groups of community members. Held on July 6 at 7:30 am and 6:00pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.

Throughout the community engagement process, we heard from over 400 individual community members on the topic. Want to know what we heard? Check out the Community Engagement Report.

For project updates and current status, check out the "News Feed" below. For links to recordings of meetings, check out the "Important Links" section of this page.

  • Project Update #5 - September 19, 2022 - STR Draft Ordinance

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    During the September 8 Planning Commission Work Session, which you can watch on our Youtube page, a draft ordinance on short-term rentals was reviewed and discussed. The Planning Commission directed the City Attorney to make some amendments to the ordinance, and bring the ordinance back for a public hearing at the September 22 Planning Commission Meeting. The public is encouraged to review the ordinance using the link below.

    View the Draft Ordinance for Short-term Rentals

    Prior to making recommendations on this ordinance, the Planning Commission participated in two Joint Work Sessions with the City Council to review the Community Engagement Report, staff recommendation, and initial draft of the ordinance. Recordings of all public meetings of City Council/Planning Commission are available under "Important Links" on the project page.


  • Project Update #4 - August 24, 2022

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    August 18 Joint Work Session Outcomes & Next Steps

    At the Joint Work Session of the City Council and Planning Commission on August 18, the group reviewed a draft ordinance from the City attorney. The draft ordinance included amendments to the City code concerning business regulations and zoning to license and regulate short-term rentals.

    The group reviewed and discussed the draft ordinance, a draft application, and good neighbor guidelines. You can watch the discussion here. They determined the best course of action would be for the City attorney to make amendments to the draft ordinance, and send the amendments to the Planning Commission. At a work session on September 8, the Planning Commission will discuss and recommend changes if necessary.

    What's Next?

    The Planning Commission will review and discuss the revised draft ordinance at their work session at 6:30 pm on September 8, 2022. You can attend in-person at City Council Chambers or virtually via Zoom.

    After the work session, the Planning Commission may choose to hold another work session, or bring the draft ordinance forward in a regular Planning Commission meeting. After the draft ordinance is approved by the Planning Commission, the Council will review the draft ordinance on initial posting (first reading) and vote on whether or not to bring it back for a final reading and vote at a future City Council meeting. This timeline is subject to change, and we will continue to provide updates via email and on the Project Page.

    The moratorium on new short-term rentals remains in effect until October 14, 2022. At that time, the moratorium will expire unless prior action is taken, such as extending or removing it.

    Watch the August 18 Work Session recording

  • Project Update #3 - August 2, 2022

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    July 21 Work Session Outcomes & Next Steps

    At the Joint Work Session of the City Council and Planning Commission on July 21, the group heard a presentation of the Community Engagement Report and Staff Recommendations.

    • The staff recommendation included many potential options for management of STRs moving forward.
    • The group determined the best course of action would be for the City attorney to draft an ordinance that includes all of the recommendations so they would have something tangible to deliberate from.
    • There is another work session on August 18 so the group can discuss each option and request revisions, additions, and exclusions as needed.

    What's Next?

    The moratorium on new short-term rentals remains in effect until October 14, 2022. At that time, the moratorium will expire unless prior action is taken, such as extending or removing it.

    The City attorney is creating a draft ordinance for the City Council to review and revise as needed. There will be a follow-up work session between City Council and the Planning Commission on August 18 at 5pm to review and discuss the draft ordinance. You can attend in-person or virtually via Zoom. Meeting info and agenda is available here.

    Watch the July 21 Work Session recording

    View the Community Engagement Report

    Watch the July 27 Virtual Debrief recording

  • Project Update #2 - July 19, 2022

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    As a reminder, there are two upcoming events related to the topic of short-term rentals.

    City Council /Planning Commission Joint Work Session

    Thursday July 21, 5:00 pm, City Council Chambers

    This is a work session of the Woodland Park City Council and Planning Commission to discuss short-term rentals. The short-term rentals community engagement report and staff recommendation will be presented to the City Council. Typically public comment is not heard at work sessions, but the public is welcome to attend in-person or via Zoom. This meeting will be recorded and posted to the City website and Youtube.

    Virtual Community Debrief

    Wednesday July 27, 3:00 pm, virtually via Zoom (originally scheduled for July 20)

    This is an update to the community from the project team that will include a presentation of the community engagement report, staff recommendation, project status and next steps. We will also provide answers to some of the frequently asked questions we have been receiving. Please join via Zoom. This meeting will be recorded and posted to the City website and Youtube.

    Thank you for being part of WhatsUpWoodlandPark. Have you checked out the Parks, Trails, and Open Spaces Master Plan page yet? Check it out and add your input!


  • City Council Approves Ordinance Imposing 90-day Moratorium on New Short-term Rental Licenses

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    At the July 7, 2022 Regular City Council Meeting, the City Council approved Ordinance No. #1426, Series 2022, an ordinance imposing a temporary moratorium prohibiting the submission, acceptance, processing, and approval of applications for short-term rental licenses.

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