Letter: Zoning not the answer to short term rentals
To the editor,
–I have just driven around the area that some think might be the only destination for short term nightly rentals. The area from 1st street down to 34th street using Vine and Pine as the sandwich layers would be what is described as zoned for this kind of development.
If you look carefully at the spacing and density, it is more populated than many so called residential areas. This is actually a neighborhood just like all the others, despite its zoning status, so the same STR problems will occur. The zoning example is not really a valid point in this issue apart from a drum to bang.
There are many many people in Paso Robles running nightly rentals with no problem at all, bringing in tens of thousands of dollars for the advancement of our city.
There are a few owners who are not doing a good job for their fellow residents and it is those that need to be removed. You can look on Airbnb to find them.
I have been subject to a 4 bedroom rental party house yards from my property and have had drunk girls climbing a 6 ft wall to swim in the pool. Likewise I have had a full time rental playing full blast country music in the yard on the other side.
I know from experience that it can be very annoying, but banning it is not as obvious as it sounds and we should give the city more teeth to weed out the problem and carry on welcoming visitors who really are a very major factor in our economy.