LETTER – Pacific Beach Town Council opposes Councilmember Campbell’s short-term rental proposal
Published - 07/07/20 - 12:30 PM | 2002 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Editor:

Prompted by corporate lobbyists, District 2 Councilmember Jen Campbell is working with Expedia to legalize visitor accommodations in our residential neighborhoods while ignoring key stakeholders.

The announcement on July 1 about a “compromise” framework for short-term vacation rentals regulation came as a surprise to Pacific Beach residents and organizations as we have been seeking a solution since 2007. As stakeholders, we’ve been ignored.

Community town councils, planning groups, and residents were not consulted on this “compromise,” although many of us have reached out to the District 2council office since Councilmember Campbell was elected, and meeting requests have been consistently

ignored.

Our Pacific Beach Town Council strongly opposes this approach by Councilmember Campbell to legalize short-term rentals in our neighborhoods. STVRs are visitor accommodations and these commercial uses are illegal under the city’s zoning code and have no place in our residential zones.

We’re appalled at the process in which STVR operators, a labor union, and a multi-billion dollar corporation were the only ones at the table producing a “compromise” that radically and completely alters our residential zoning laws only to their benefit at the expense of San Diego residents.

During an unprecedented affordable housing crisis, why is Expedia deciding our current and future housing supply? We oppose this backroom deal driven by special interests.

Pacific Beach Town Council

Board of Directors

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