The planning commission doesn’t pass policy, but it does make recommendations to the City Council. The commission unanimously voted to endorse an ordinance that updates the city code to prevent party houses from existing within 150 feet of other residential properties. The city defines a party house as a residential home that’s available for rent, typically through a service like Airbnb, specifically for the purposes of large, commercial-type gatherings.
The ordinance does allow for residents to apply for a special administrative permit to throw such a party, but it’s unlikely there’s a property in the city that would meet the criteria for approval. The city’s community development director will review permit applications.
The director is supposed to deny applications if the home is within 150 feet of residential areas, if the noise generated by the event will likely violate the city’s noise ordinance and whether the event could endanger public health among other criteria. If approved, the permit will expire after 48 hours, and it can’t be immediately renewed.
The city can seek legal damages in court or revoke a permit if the property owner violates the new ordinance. The City Council will consider the ordinance at an upcoming meeting.