Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing
Posted on 07/20/2020

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After months of deliberation, the Newcastle Planning Commission will review a proposed ordinance that outlines regulations for short-term rentals in our community. They'll discuss the item during the July 22 virtual meeting and take public comment on the proposal. 

The short-term rental industry is growing rapidly via online platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo, particularly around Seattle. As the number of properties for rent has increased, City staff have received a growing number of complaints from neighbors of short-term rentals. As a result, City staff and the Planning Commission considered regulations intended to prevent public nuisances, protect the character of neighborhoods, enhance safety, protect Newcastle’s affordable housing stock and clarify zoning requirements for short-term rentals.

Following the public hearing, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council. The Council will then consider the proposed ordinance for adoption at a future meeting.

Learn more about the proposed ordinance here and view the proposed code amendments here.

To protect the health and safety of our residents, volunteer Commissioners and staff, the July 22 Planning Commission meeting will be held via video conference. It starts at 6 p.m on Wednesday. You can view the agenda packet here. Members of the public will still have a chance to listen, watch and participate. The link to the meeting will be posted below as soon as it is available.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEETING

WATCH AND LISTEN

— Residents can watch and listen to the meeting online by using any web-enabled device to access this link. Zoom will walk you through the setup. If you log-in through the Zoom app, it will ask for your name and email address. If you join the meeting from your browser, you will only be asked to submit your name.

 

LISTEN

— You can also join the meeting by telephone. Call 1-253-215-8782 and input the Meeting ID 863 7123 7987 to listen. At that time, you will be prompted to enter a unique participant ID. This will not apply to the general public, so press # to skip.

 

COMMENT

— Persons wishing to comment during the meeting should contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@newcastlewa.gov by 4 p.m. Wednesday, to register to speak and receive further instructions. Participants will be placed on mute until any public comment periods, at which point those who have signed up will be given a chance to speak.

— You can also submit your comments to the City Council ahead of time in writing. Email your remarks to cityclerk@newcastlewa.gov by 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

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