The new City Council recently adopted goals that will determine how money and staff resources are committed over the two-year period starting in July.
The Neighborhood Coalition had supported addressing three issues this year: amending the noise ordinance to reduce decibel levels to more closely match the standards in other cities; terminating the ability of non-conforming vacation rental permits to transfer on sale; and forming a standing committee to maximize the university’s positive benefits to the city and minimize potential negative effects.
The Council decided not to revisit the noise ordinance or the short term rental ordinance. It also did not specifically endorse forming a Town & Gown Committee, but rather adopted a vague objective to, “Develop a communication system to connect the City with OSU-Cascades and Neighborhoods.”
The City keeps saying that it has no bandwidth to address the implications of growth. Apparently, all of its attention is to be focused on growing the city, and the consequences will have to sort themselves out later.
BNC believes city government needs to strike a balance between making growth happen and addressing the side effects of growth.