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FORUM

HOSTED BY THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS COMMUNITY NETWORK

A collaborative working discussion on Vacation Rentals in the San Juan Islands.

forum session three

THURSDAY, JUNE 24

7:00-9:00pm PDT

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Collaborative Action

With common ground established, and workable solutions identified, the goal is to hatch a commitment to action.

forum session one

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9

7:00-9:00pm PDT

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Discovery

Facts, feelings, and positions from panelists and the community.  Join the conversation.

forum session two

THURSDAY, JUNE 17

7:00-9:00pm PDT

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Common Ground

Participate in a lively discussion where all sides come together to create workable solutions.

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FORUM 3 HAS BEEN CANCELED

SJICN will be cancelling our third and final Vacation Rental Forum, Collaborative Action, originally scheduled for Thursday, June 24 at 7PM because the parties need to do more work to commit to specific agreed-upon next steps. 

 

All parties have instead chosen to meet in the next few days to clarify those actions they can commit to supporting, those they can’t and those that they feel require more discussion with their constituents.

 

Once meaninful steps forward have the commitments from both the representatives from Vacation Rental Working Group and Hosting on the Rock, SJICN will consider the best way to present this information to all islanders.   They can then share their opinions on these solutions and suggest policies and actions.  In this way, we want to give all islanders the opportunity to be heard and counted because your voice is important!

 

Stay tuned for more information.  You can subscribe to receive updates HERE.

 

FORUM RECORDINGS

Thank you for your participation!

CO-FACILITATORS

MICHAEL SOLTMAN

Executive Coach • San Juan Island

Thirty-five years in education and executive coaching; Pacific Northwest native with a master’s from the University of Washington

KEY APPROACH

Thirty-five years in education and as an executive leadership coach, Soltman brings a strong background in collaboration and problem solving to the forum series. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Michael grew up in Seattle, and received his master’s degree at the University of Washington.

 

His executive coaching training offers a holistic and effective way to help people discover all that is within themselves, and open their view to new ideas and possibilities; that helps people and organizations develop new ways of seeing and experiencing opportunities.

DIANE CRAIG

Reporter, Sound Publishing • Orcas Island

Midwesterner by birth, Pacific Northwest by  choice; writer, teacher, reporter; graduated from University of South Florida.

KEY APPROACH

Diane’s experience covers a variety of collaborative efforts. From co-creating a safe shelter that housed abused women and their children, to facilitating meetings that focused on creating team-driven technology startups in Silicon Valley in the ‘80s, to teaching adult college students writing skills, Diane believes that the best outcome to any challenge is one with the potential to benefit all parties.

She hopes to continue writing about the area’s amazing people and their history and welcomes opportunities to be involved with the future care and well-being of the San Juans.

PANELISTS

JAN SCILIPOTI

Hosting on the Rock • Lopez Island

Hosting on the Rock representative, 20 year Lopez resident, Lead Gardener for a Lopez family.

KEY IDEA

As island hosts we want to serve our guests while preserving peaceful neighborhoods, our livelihoods and the beauty of the islands.

We try to be data-based in our evaluations and not allow a few stories with emotional resonance to guide our conclusions. We believe there are ways to improve the current situation, and encourage well-considered and thoughtful solutions.

JAMIE STEPHENS

San Juan County Council • Chair

Eleven-year San Juan County Council Member and current chair, 25-year Lopez resident.

KEY IDEA

This year the Council instituted a moratorium on new VR permits in certain land use zones which expires in July. The purpose of the moratorium is to come up with caps on the number of permits issued. Additionally, the Council recognized the need for controlling the saturation of VRs in some neighborhood which will be addressed through the Comprehensive Plan process.

TOBY COOPER

4th generation Orcasonian • Orcas Island

The VR phenomenon has implications for our environment, our tranquil island lifestyle, and the valued sense of community we cherish.

KEY IDEA

My premise here is that VR business owners and their customers want nothing more than to be good neighbors on our islands. What business enterprise would want anything different? So my pledge is to sit down with all stakeholders and identify the parameters we need to fulfill that vision, and to restore trust, respect, and a vision for a better life on the shores of the Salish Sea.

DOUG WHITTAKER

Confluence Research and Consulting • Anchorage, AK

PhD from Colorado State University in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, 35+ years as researcher and planner.

KEY IDEA

Doug's recreation and tourism work is often focused on visitor capacities:  How much visitation is too much, and how can agencies/counties manage use to reduce impacts?

DOCUMENTS

Breakdown of homes in the San Juans—Resident homeowners and full-time renters;  Second homes—Seasonal residents and their friends/family with variable occupancy.

Part IV:  Conclusions and Recommendations—solutions for tourism-related problems require a broad county-wide vision along with recommended coordinated management actions.

SJC Comprehensive Plan Update 2036 Housing Needs Assessment Briefing

Study of Socioeconomic Impacts of Growth Pressure in Selected Seasonal/Resort Communities to highlight concerns raised by the study and the information needed to anticipate the impact of planning decisions.

Short term rentals are a worldwide phenomena. As island hosts we want to serve our guests while preserving peaceful neighborhoods, our livelihoods and the beauty of the islands.

Vacation Rental Work Group Steering Committee’s recommendations for regulations that they believe would significantly reduce the negative impacts arising from the proliferation of vacation rentals in San Juan County, and their request for immediate Council action.

Hosting on the Rocks’s response to stated concerns about Vacation Rentals

VR rental owners respond to the Moratorium as being too impactful, recommendations of actions to be taken and request to be more actively engaged in discussions going forward.

Council approves VR moratorium but limits length/scope (The Orcasonian, March 11, 2021)

San Juan County Council enacted a moratorium on new vacation rental permits effective 12:01am January 13, 2021. The moratorium prohibits any County department from accepting an application for a vacation rental permit within Urban Growth Areas, Hamlets, and Activity

Centers.

Whereas, the San Juans are in the heart of the Salish Sea where “Ecosystem decline has outpaced restoration and protection”, we invite elevated consideration of Nature’s well being in all aspects of community planning. The State of the Salish Sea report is brought to you for free and open access by the Salish Sea Institute at Western CEDAR.

Understanding vacation rentals – Overview of San Juan County housing stock

Members:On Saturday, June 5, 2021, Nantucket, Massachusetts, held a Town Hall meeting during which residents voted on a number of Articles. Among them, was Article 90, designed to place several restrictions on vacation rentals. Had Article 90 passed, the number of VRs in Nantucket would have been greatly reduced. It did not pass. 

Housing Needs Assessment