BLACK HILLS, S.D. — Black Hills space cities are cracking down on vacation home rentals.
Through an initiated measure on Tuesday, Hill City residents voted 158 to 138 to ban vacation properties within the metropolis residential areas.
“We’re landlocked. This is what we have now. If all of it goes away to vacation properties, that’s what we get,” mentioned Angie Ross, a Hill City resident.
Ross introduced the measure ahead, citing many issues for the neighborhood’s housing marketplace for households and its workforce.
“If we maintain permitting vacation properties to eat up our residential housing, that goes away,” Ross mentioned. “We don’t have youngsters transferring in. We don’t have households transferring in. I really like the retired individuals transferring in, however we are able to’t have individuals constructing properties in Hill City simply to hire out.
The Hill City ban comes because the Custer metropolis council voted 3 to 2 to amend an ordinance it handed in 2018 — successfully banning short-term rental models in residential areas.
In Custer, there are presently 27 short-term rentals that might be grandfathered in. But if the properties are bought, the conditional-use permits gained’t switch.
City officers say it’s about defending full-time residents and their property.
“We don’t need a city that’s simply guests,” mentioned Peg Ryan, a City of Custer Alderman. “We need individuals that truly reside right here and are serious about what goes on locally, and contribute in no matter method they really feel they need to.”
Opponents, like Lori Svoboda of Western Skies Real Estate, says they’re working to place a referendum collectively to vary the ordinance on November’s poll. The referendum will want a complete of about 80 signatures.
Due to the present ordinance earlier than the ban, since 2018, solely six short-term rentals have been added within the City of Custer.
“Right now we do have already got ordinances which can be in place, and so they’re very strict. And it’s actually laborious to get by means of that ordinance to get the conditional use allow,” Svoboda mentioned.
The Hill City ban is presently in place, whereas the Custer ordinance goes into impact 20 days after it’s first printed within the metropolis’s newspaper. Neither ban extends to industrial areas.