Supervisors set to decide fate of valley's short-term rentals

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors (BOS) will consider a draft ordinance that would disallow most whole-house, short-term rentals in the Ojai Valley June 12.
The proposal, that was rejected by the Ventura County Planning Commission, would create a short-term rental overlay zone within the Ojai Valley that would allow for homeshares in which the property owner lives on the rental property. The proposal also would allow historic properties to operate as short-term rentals.
The Planning Commission rejected the concept, and encouraged the BOS to create a system that would establish short-term rental density limits for all of the unincorporated county. The BOS declined to follow the Commission's advice.
Local short-term rental advocates have said the BOS concept could prove disastrous for Ojai's tourist economy.
“We're very, very concerned that the county has not done the proper economic analysis to understand what the ban would do to the Ojai Valley economy,” said Julie Hahn of local advocacy group TRU Ojai.
Hahn said her group aims to ensure the BOS “does their due diligence” to investigate the proposed ordinance's economic impact.

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