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ORDINANCE NO. 2017-23 <br />AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TITLE 20 OF THE WALLA WALLA <br />MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING ZONING AND LAND USE MATTERS TO ADDRESS <br />PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE SHORT TERM RENTALS AND RELATED REGULATORY <br />MATTERS <br />WHEREAS, the City of Walla Walla passed Municipal Ordinance A 2 -405 on May 13, <br />1970 which classified the City of Walla Walla as a nonchartered code city under Title 35A of the <br />Revised Code Washington (RCW); and <br />WHEREAS, the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners passed County Resolution <br />number 90 -449 on October 30, 1990 opting into planning activities under the Washington Growth <br />Management Act, Chapter 36.70A RCW; and <br />WHEREAS, the Walla Walla City Council passed City Ordinance 2008 -25 on November <br />5, 2008 adopting an updated comprehensive plan for the City of Walla Walla; and <br />WHEREAS, RCW 36.70A.130 provides that development regulations shall be subject to <br />continuing review and evaluation by the city that adopted them; and <br />WHEREAS, RCW 35A.63.100 authorizes the Walla Walla City Council, by ordinance or <br />other action to the extent the Walla Walla City Council deems necessary or appropriate, to <br />implement or give effect to the comprehensive plan or parts thereof in developing the City of <br />Walla Walla and in regulating the use of land herein; and <br />WHEREAS, while short term rentals are not a new concept, the City of Walla Walla has <br />seen an increase in their popularity as a lodging alternative; and <br />WHEREAS, there has been growth in the number and usage of online platforms (such as <br />Airbnb, Homeway, VRBO, Flipkey, etc.) that make it easy to offer and easy to find homes or <br />rooms for short term rental; and <br />WHEREAS, short term rentals are not currently identified as a use or regulated in the <br />Walla Walla Municipal Code. Amendments are necessary to establish the use type and <br />development standards for owner occupied short term rentals; and <br />WHEREAS, a Notice of Application/Optional Determination of Non - Significance was <br />published on November 17, 2016 regarding the proposed code amendment regulating short term <br />rentals; and <br />WHEREAS, a Determination of Non - Significance was issued on the proposed code <br />amendments December 6, 2016; and <br />WHEREAS, the City submitted to the Department of Commerce the proposed code <br />amendments for the required 60 -day state review and received acknowledgment of that submittal <br />November 30, 2016 meeting the procedural requirement under RCW 36.70A.106; and <br />WHEREAS, the Planning Commission reviewed the proposed short term rental code <br />amendments at the regular October 3, 2016 meeting and taking public comments; and <br />WHEREAS, the Planning Commission continued their review of the proposed short term <br />rental code amendments at a special meeting on November 14, 2016 and taking public comments; <br />and <br />WHEREAS, the public hearing notice for the Planning Commission public hearing was <br />published on November 27, 2016 a minimum of fifteen days prior to the hearing date of <br />December 12, 2016; and <br />Page I of 19 <br />July 20, 2017 <br />