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Hayden codifies longstanding rule: no holiday vacation household rentals in residential zones

The Hayden Town Hall is positioned alongside U.S 40 in the coronary heart of downtown Hayden. l John F. Russell/Steamboat Pilot & Currently archive

As its neighbors to the east are virtually a 12 months into a contentious fight of how and where limited-term rentals should really be allowed to operate, the town of Hayden is acquiring its individual dialogue on the subject.

Hayden will allow for family vacation home rentals — an overall house staying rented out with no a comprehensive-time resident dwelling in it — in the town’s industrial district only, treating the units like enterprises.

People wanting to lease out a garage, basement or further bed room in their main property — a common brief-expression rental — will be capable to do so in household zones.

Mary Alice Site-Allen, Hayden preparing and economic director, explained the apply has generally been the unofficial rule, but the town’s arranging fee required to codify the make any difference in its group growth code faster instead than later.

“We have an chance with our update to the growth code to strengthen the differentiation between a trip residence rental and a brief-time period rental,” Web site-Allen mentioned in a Thursday, Feb. 3, interview. “We address what is generally regarded a vacation household rental, a residence or a second house that you do not dwell in as a lodging home in Hayden.”

Website page-Allen claimed the town does not have a shorter-expression rental challenge, as there are only a modest handful of getaway residence rentals, and all but one are situated in the industrial zone district and are, therefore, in compliance with town regulations.

A lookup of AirDna, a internet site that tracks quick-term rental listings in numerous communities, exhibits the city has seven lively listings on Airbnb and VRBO, the most frequent web-sites for acquiring a rental.

“There are very likely some individuals out there declaring to them selves that we do not have a dilemma, but simply because we had to make a differentiation in our code, it provided the prospect for the discussion,” Web page-Allen explained. “We determined that it was acceptable to be proactive and just make guaranteed that we have been distinct.”

City Manager Mathew Mendisco mentioned as Steamboat Springs proceeds to increase additional expensive and Hayden retains up its pattern of a rapidly growing inhabitants, the city is attempting to strike a balance in between welcoming site visitors, sustaining economical units for youthful families and trying to keep its character as a little and limited-knit community.

“How do you find balance accepting tourism and becoming welcoming when not compromising the integrity of your local community?” Mendisco reported. “The integrity of those people neighborhoods is so important to us, and we are under no circumstances going to lose sight of that.”

Mendisco stated the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, which is Hayden’s largest present economic asset, has a massive, if oblique, affect in the city, as most who fly into the airport are checking out Steamboat.

“Indirectly, tourism has a massive affect on Hayden,” Mendisco reported.

As for irrespective of whether tourism will at any time be a much larger element of the town’s main financial state, Mendisco stated he is not sure, but codifying the brief-phrase rental rule is portion of a bigger dialogue across Routt County: As Steamboat continues to get more well-known and far more costly, what occurs to its neighboring cities?

The city of Oak Creek just lately voted to go a cap on all small-expression rentals in town, as city board associates claimed they recognized an boost in this sort of units and needed to preserve the town’s affordability and character.

In the meantime, Steamboat is nine months into a moratorium on making use of for holiday property rentals, which is set to expire June 30. The city’s arranging commission has also experienced numerous conversations on probable overlay zones where nightly rentals could be allowed, restricted or prohibited.