Short-term Rental Moratorium

Introduction

Over the past year, the City of Gig Harbor has worked diligently with stakeholders to produce regulations around short-term rentals. Short-term rentals are an entirely new land use that had not been previously considered, and the current Gig Harbor Municipal Code does not adequately address this category. The City of Gig Harbor is not alone in this situation, as many cities and counties across the country are also wrestling with how to appropriately plan for this unique category. 

 

The City Council enacted a six-month moratorium on acceptance of new permits related to this use, in order to provide city staff the time to analyze the land use category and to propose regulations appropriate for Gig Harbor. The moratorium was extended for an additional six months in April 2022. 

 

Over that time, the City’s Planning Commission studied the issue intensely and gathered extensive public comment.  City Council was set to hold a public hearing to consider an ordinance in September 2022. However, due to the actively evolving local and national legal landscape surrounding short term rentals, the City has decided to pause and evaluate the ordinance against very recent case law developments.

 

On September 12, 2022, the City Council extended the moratorium allowing the city to evaluate the drafted regulations for Gig Harbor against legal framework currently taking shape across the country.

 

The City thanks the community for your continued involvement and input into the process. Please reach out the City Staff with questions and or comments.

 

Principal Planner, Carl de Simas cdesimas@gigharborwa.gov

Associate Planner, Jeremy Hammar, jhammar@gigharborwa.gov

Public Participation

Public input is welcome and encouraged. Please utilize the various methods provided on this page to get involved. Please refer to the schedule below for more information.

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Project Calendar

Staff Research October - December 2021
Planning Commission Study Session
Community Input Period February 4 - February 18, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session March 2, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session March 31, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session April 21, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session
Planning Commission Study Session May 19, 2022
Planning Commission Public Hearing June 2, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session July 7, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session
Planning Commission Public Hearing
City Council Study Session August 18, 2022
City Council Meeting September 12, 2022

Past Meetings

Meeting Packet  Recording Date
City Council  Packet  Recording September 27, 2021
City Council Public Hearing Packet Recording October 11, 2021
Planning Commission Study Session Packet Recording January 27, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session Packet Recording March 2, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session Packet Recording March 31, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session Packet Recording April 21, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session Packet Recording April 28, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session Packet Recording May 19, 2022
Planning Commission Public Hearing Packet Recording June 2, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session Packet Recording July 7, 2022
Planning Commission Study Session Packet July 21, 2022
Planning Commission Public Hearing Packet Recording August 4, 2022
City Council Study Session Packet Recording August 18, 2022
City Council Meeting Packet Recording September 12, 2022