Short-Term Rental Issues

WALTON COUNTY SHORT TERM RENTAL IMPACT REVIEW


The Walton County Board of County Commissioners is in the process of taking public input and collecting data to support its objective of reducing the negative impacts generated by the rapid increase in the practice of short-term rental of single-family residences within existing residential neighborhoods. Part of the Board’s concern stems from ever increasing numbers of conversions of older existing homes to much larger residential structures designed to accommodate large numbers of short-term renters.

The Board has tasked the County Planning Department with generating draft proposals to regulate these structures and their landlord/owners to address public health, safety and welfare issues created within the neighborhoods around them. The Department will also collect data on the impacts on public resources and infrastructure generated by these high intensity uses.

The staff has developed an initial draft ordinance which follows the format adopted by many of Florida’s coastal cities and Counties to create a registration/regulation system to address the most widely recognized impact areas. The Board has requested that staff take this draft out for a series of public workshops to take input from residents using the draft as a strawman for discussion.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP

 

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Workshops

SAVE THE DATES: October 7, 2021 and October 21, 2021

The public is invited attend and provide input on Walton County’s proposed Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance. Join County staff for a series of public workshops on the County Commission’s initiative to address the impacts stemming from short term rental activity in Walton County. Specifically, the workshops are intended to explore the following:

 

  1. The public health, safety and welfare impacts of short-term rental of single-family residences on residential areas.
  2. The short-term rental related impacts on public safety and public infrastructure in south Walton County.
  3. The costs and benefits of implementation of a County registration/regulatory process for single family residential based short-term rentals.  

Other topics related to short term rental regulation may also be discussed. Your input is welcome, and this is a great opportunity to help craft the ordinance that will ultimately be presented to the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners for consideration.


This advertisement shall serve as public notice that one or more County Commissioners will be in attendance and discussing actionable items which may later be voted on by the full County Commission. 

Workshop Dates and Times       October 7, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

                                                   October 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Workshop Location:                   South Walton Annex 

                                                   31 Coastal Centre Blvd

                                                   Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459


Zoom Information:


Oct 7, 2021 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87233469658

Telephone:

    Dial:

        US: +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799

Webinar ID: 872 3346 9658


Oct 21, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85114644707

Telephone:

    Dial:

        US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782

Webinar ID: 851 1464 4707

 

INITIAL ORDINANCE WORKSHOP DRAFT

STAFF REPORT - SHORT TERM VACATION RENTAL