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STR ban rejected: Commission asks for more options

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley  News reporter
The Ventura County Planning Commission rejected a draft ordinance March 1 that, if approved by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, would have effectively outlawed whole-house short-term rentals in the unincorporated Ojai Valley.
The draft ordinance proposed banning whole-house rentals in the valley, with some limited exemptions. The ordinance allowed “homeshares,” that are defined as a short-term-rental arrangement in which the property owner lives on site.
The city of Ojai began enforcing a ban on all short-term rentals in June 2016.
The Commission, after a four-and-a-half-hour debate and public comment session, asked county staff to instead draft a less-restrictive ordinance that would allow for limited whole-house rentals.
Commissioner W. Stephen Onstot requested staff craft an ordinance that includes “controls” on short-term rentals, including limits for how many such rentals may be permitted in residential areas.

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