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Sonoma County Rejects Proposal to Ban New Vacation Rentals



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    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Sonoma County supervisors have rejected a proposal that would have banned new vacation rentals in unincorporated residential neighborhoods.

    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that the supervisors on Tuesday said they would instead create exclusion zones to address concerns about loud parties, traffic and trespassing.

    The vote comes after the Planning Commission recommended the ban, which would have stemmed the fastest-growing segment of a market driven by short-term rental websites like Airbnb and VRBO.

    Supervisors said instead of instituting more regulations, many of the vacation rentals would be naturally phased out with the new three-strike policy for disturbances and other violations. Rentals that receive frequent complaints will lose their permits.

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