Cathedral City Short-Term Vacation Rental
Information About Measure B
Measure B, the Cathedral City Short-Term Vacation Rental Regulation Measure, will appear on a March 2, 2021 Special Election ballot.
If approved by Cathedral City voters, Measure B would uphold the City’s adopted Short-Term Vacation Rental regulations and restrictions, which were developed after a year of community engagement and feedback to address identified resident priorities including:
- Improving neighborhood safety
- Reducing criminal activity associated with short-term vacation rentals
- Reducing noise impacts of short-term vacation rentals
- Preserving neighborhood character
Information about the March 2, 2021 special election ballot.
Measure B will be the only item on your March 2, 2021 special election ballot.
Please make an informed decision on this important local issue. If you are part of a civic organization and would like additional factual information on Measure B and the March 2, 2021 Special Election, please contact Chris Parman, Communications Manager, (760) 770-0396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (download)
Q: What is Measure B?
A: Measure B, the Cathedral City Short-Term Vacation Rental Regulation Measure, will appear on a March 2, 2021 Special Election ballot.
If approved by Cathedral City voters, Measure B would uphold all provisions of Ordinance 842– the recently enacted Short-Term Vacation Rental (STVR’s) regulations and restrictions adopted by the City in response to resident complaints and concerns about improving neighborhood safety and addressing the impacts of STVRs.
Q: Why were these Short-Term Vacation Rental regulations adopted?
A: Over the last several years, the City has received complaints, feedback (STVR Task Force Public Meetings – October 1 and October 19) and suggestions from residents regarding the safety impacts and increasing neighborhood disruption caused by Short-Term Vacation Rentals (STVR’s).
Ordinance 842 was carefully crafted to address these concerns, ensuring tighter regulations on late night activities, caps on number of guests, and stricter penalties for non-compliance among other issues.
Q: What are the nature of residents’ complaints?
A: A wide range of residents have complained about disruptive — and in some cases illegal– behavior of STVR guests including loud, late night parties, multiple people coming in and out of residential neighborhoods, and increased criminal activity at STVR properties, including an incident with multiple stabbings last year.
Q: Why is Measure B on the ballot?
A: After Ordinance 842 was adopted, a group of STVR operators and real estate investors filed a petition to repeal portions of Ordinance 842 via a paid signature gathering process. Upon receipt of the petition, the City chose to allow the community to vote directly on the issue as soon as possible.
Q: How does this issue impact housing costs?
A: As part of its policy deliberations, the City considered the fact that local housing costs keep increasing and affordable inventory is decreasing. One of several policy goals behind adopting STVR restrictions is to protect the housing availability for more local, year round working families, seniors and other residents.
Q: I’m confused about what a vote on Measure B means.
A: A yes vote on Measure B upholds the ordinance enacted by the City- Ordinance 842 to further regulate STVRs. A no vote on Measure B will eliminate all of the STVR regulations in Ordinance 842, reverting STVR regulations only to Section 3.24.011 of the Cathedral City Municipal Code, which does not adequately address the public safety, noise, and other community complaints associated with STVR’s made to the City over the past several years.
Q: Does Measure B respect our property rights?
A: Absolutely. Measure B protects the rights of all residents seeking to enjoy their home, property and neighborhood. Measure B’s regulations – such as the limits to the number of guests, late night outdoor activities curfew (similar to hotel ‘quiet hours’), and penalties for repeated violation of the rules are fair and will apply to all vacation rentals citywide. Any resident may continue to rent out a room or casita on their primary place of residence without neighborhood pre-approval. For those who wish to rent out a whole home, they must first obtain neighborhood permission through an HOA.
Where can I get more information?
For information on the numerous public comments and testimony on this issue, the March 2, 2021 Special Election, Ordinance 842 (the City’s recently enacted Short-term Rental Regulations), or Measure B, visit www.cathedralcity.gov/Measure-B or https://www.cathedralcity.gov/government/city-clerk/march-2-2021-special-municipal-election/
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