Are vacation rental dwellings key to housing fix?

Seaside Signal - Authors of a new county housing study came to Seaside to unveil results from the report. “This process is not over,” announced project manager Brendan Buckley of Johnson Economics, a co-author of the study. Buckley and Jamin Kimmell of Angelo Planning Group presented two hours of numbers confirming what many in the audience already knew: there’s not enough workforce housing and for too many, housing is completely out of reach.

Kimmell said a key strategy should be to keep higher-density development at a higher-density level, to make sure that land is used for multifamily or town-homes. For coastal cities that are more constrained like Cannon Beach, Seaside and Gearhart, existing lots that can be developed, accessory dwelling units and other approaches could be used to increase availability.

While there seems to be enough supply of land and housing in terms of numbers, much of the supply is serving the short-term rental market, leaving not enough for year-round and workforce housing — “the missing middle: townhomes, cottage clusters and other types of homes that can attract first-time home buyers,” Buckley said. “Where will local housing go that won’t just be used as vacation houses?”

Freeing up properties used as short-term rentals or vacation rental dwellings was considered a driving force in promoting housing availability.

“You might want to think about it as putting commercial uses in a residential area,” Buckley said.

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