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New Lincoln County vacation rental rules on hold until court decision on ballot measure

Maureen Salahshoor Denver, CO

December 31, 2021

New short-term rental rules set by a recent ballot measure in Lincoln County, Oregon, are on hold until a lawsuit challenging the referendum is resolved.

A Lincoln County Circuit Court judge ruled on December 8 that the county cannot enforce the provisions of Measure 21-203, which was approved by county voters in the November election, while the lawsuit proceeds. According to the judge, the suit could be decided by March if all parties agree to a timeline for filing motions. A hearing is scheduled for March 2, 2022.

The lawsuit was filed November 30 by four Lincoln County short-term rental owners, saying the new rules negatively affect the use and value of their properties.

County commissioners passed a moratorium on issuing new short-term rental licenses on December 3, ordering the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office to suspend all new STR license processing until the Lincoln County Circuit Court rules. The suspension does not apply to currently pending or processing new applications for licenses that are not in R-1, R-lA, and R-2 zones as of December 3.



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