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County vacation rental rule revisions could limit sites, noise

The county Planning Commission could decide Thursday to recommend revising regulations approved in 2003 for vacation rental homes in Cambria and Cayucos. Commission members also could recommend new regulations for Avila Beach and Los Osos.

The commission’s decision would not be final; ordinance revisions will go on for review by the county Board of Supervisors.

Commissioner Ken Topping, a Cambria resident, people should attend meeting if they are concerned about proposed changes, the existing ordinance or the vacation-rental concept.

“The key thing,” he said, “is this is their opportunity to get their thoughts onto the record.”

The issue can be a thorny one, he said, and decisions must balance the rights of residents to live in peaceful neighborhoods and the fact that the county’s economy relies on tourism, including vacation rentals.

Changes could include additional requirements for new vacation rental units, such as: Changes in the required distances between the units; expanded posting of the name and contact information for whoever is managing the home; and clarification of noise restrictions and penalties.

The commission meeting is to begin at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

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