New rules for Lincoln County vacation rentals?

Commissioners will take more public input

A vacation rental in Lincoln County (KOIN, file)
A vacation rental in Lincoln County (KOIN, file)

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — Lincoln County commissioners are considering modest new rules to cut down on trash, noise and parking congestion in unincorporated parts of the county.

Places like Lincoln City already have rules in place to license and regulate rental properties. But outside the city limits it can be a free-for-all, permanent residents say.

One woman who testified before commissioners said there’s a rental near her advertised as a 5-bedroom that sleeps 18 people.

“I recognize Lincoln County depends of tourism,” Ardys Schimmel said. “That is a great asset to Lincoln County. But with the increase in population in Oregon and the increase in vacationers I think it is important to increase our controls.”

Commissioners plan to take more public input before enacting new rules.

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