Issues – Pacific Grove Neighbors United

COASTAL ZONE: The California Coastal Act imposes restrictions on the use of land in the Coastal Zone, including Pacific Grove’s coast. The California Coastal Commission, which implements the Coastal Act, has stated that regulation of short-term rentals in the Coastal Zone must occur within the context of the Local Coastal Program, subject to Commission review (see link below).

The City is currently drafting a comprehensive update to Pacific Grove’s Local Coastal Program. While this Initiative does not prohibit short-term rentals in the Coastal Zone, it identifies local conditions that the Commission has acknowledged may support short-term rental restrictions in the Coastal Zone, namely that the community “already provides an ample supply of vacation rentals” and that “further proliferation of vacation rentals would impact community character.” The Initiative does not prevent the City Council from imposing a short-term rental ban or further limitations in the Coastal Zone (see map at right depicting Pacific Grove’s Coastal Zone boundaries).



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