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HR County Approves First Read Of STR Ordinance

Hood River County Commissioners approved the first reading of a long-discussed modification to the County’s short-term rental ordinance.  County Administrator Jeff Hecksel says the biggest change establishes a defendable residency requirement, and most notably dealing with residency on resource lands.  He noted there was a legal opinion that suggested there cannot be short-term rentals on resources lands unless a person is a resident based on state statute, so some adjustments had to be made based on that opinion.  The ordinance will come up before the Commission for final passage at its May 20 meeting.