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About a month ago we told you about the town of Twisp proposing changes to regulations on overnight rentals. The Twisp Planning Commission holds a public hearing this afternoon on those changes.

According to our friends at the Methow Valley News, the hearing will incorporate suggestions forwarded to the Planning Commission by the Town Council, after the council reviewed the commission’s original report and recommendations for revising the relevant codes on Sept. 12.

The amendments include the deletion of existing definitions related to nightly rentals and the addition of a new definition for “short-term vacation rentals,” among other changes.

The existing moratorium on conversion of existing housing to overnight rentals, first imposed in May 2022, expires November 9th. It stops conversions of existing residential housing to overnight rentals, including properties in commercial zones. It does not affect hotels, motels or existing overnight rentals including Bed & Breakfasts.

The first moratorium was adopted after residents expressed concerns about the potential effects of overnight rental conversions on the housing market and on neighborhood ambience.

After this afternoon's public hearing, the commission will make its final set of recommendations to the council for possible action at its meeting November 14th . Another option might be to further extend the moratorium.

That hearing is set for 5 p.m. in the Twisp Civic Building. And you can find out much more at methowvalleynews-dot-com.

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