By Scott Unger • Of the News-Register • 

Does Mac have a short term rental problem?

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Comments

TJ1104

Ironic that the city has no problem allowing these outside corporations profit off our tourist industry, by allowing these over priced boutique hotels to capitalize on it, yet prevents local homeowners from doing the same. We'll spend and invest that income locally, while these outside corporations will take that income out of our local economy and invest it elsewhere as they move on to change the atmosphere of another historic "main street" somewhere else.

mepitts

First, I'd like to thank the City Council, the Planning Commission and Heather Richards for the attention they are giving this issue and that they have given the concerns expressed by the 50-signature petition our neighborhood submitted about a proposed STR in our area (and to speak to TJ1104's point--purchased by an out of state buyer who will not live in the home.)

Second, though, in a city that is so well-run generally, it's hard to understand the rationale for additional STR's in light of the limited pool of single-family homes and the evidence of limited demand from visitors. The industry web site “AllTheRooms.com” indicates STR occupancy in McMinnville in 2021 was 45% and Visit McMinnville indicated that hotel occupancy last year, before new hotels came online, was 60%. As other cities have done, the Planning Commission would serve the city well if they set demand-based and available single-family housing targets for considering new STR applications. They would also do well to retain or expand the original 660 foot buffer and to give preference to STR's with local ownership. A city policy that is STR "friendly" at the expense of scarce single family homes is not consistent with the "liveable community" called for in the McMinnville Mission Statement and demonstrated so well in other city policies. Mark Pitts