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City Taking a Closer Look at Vacation Rentals

Ad Hoc Committee Studying All Sides of this Complex Issue

Post Date:03/24/2017 9:00 AM

The City wants to preserve the qualities that make Palm Desert desirable to residents and visitors alike.

Recent developments in nearby communities have led to concerns that Palm Desert might experience a significant increase in the number of short-term rental properties, which could threaten the character of our community.

In an effort to avoid this and plan thoughtfully and fairly for the future, the Palm Desert City Council recently passed a temporary moratorium on new short-term rental permits in the City.

The year-long moratorium will provide the City with time to evaluate the opportunities and challenges posed by the increasing popularity of vacation rentals and discuss strategies that respect the rights of homeowners while preserving neighborhoods and the fabric of our community.

During the moratorium, an ad hoc committee composed of concerned residents, vacation rental owners, realtors, tourism industry professionals, City Council representatives, and other stakeholders is meeting to discuss the issues surrounding this complex topic and formulate long-term solutions to recommend to the City Council.

The City has created a page on its website where people can get updates about the Ad Hoc Committee's work.

To speak to a City staff member about the Ad Hoc Committee and to share your input, please call 760-346-0611, ext. 483 or email  kswartz@cityofpalmdesert.org.