News you need to know: Short-term rentals, Anne Lang’s turns yellow, Woodlake Brewfest cancelled

Short-term rentals— On Wednesday, September 25, a standing room only crowd of Three Rivers short-term rental owners and operators attended a workshop/study session on the County of Tulare’s draft ordinance. After a presentation by Michael Washam, associate RMA director, 16 members of the public, including 11 residents of Three Rivers, entered comments into the record.

What it means: The first reading of the STR ordinance is nearing its final version and is scheduled for a public hearing as soon as the October 16 Planning Commission meeting. Cogent points in the public testimony were: the proposed one-time inspection fee of $500 is excessive, the outdoor fire policy needs to be more specific, and each septic system design should be evaluated relative to the number of bedrooms and guests allowed in the rental.

Videography and editing by Ethan Paggi.

Excerpts from video coverage of the entire meeting will be posted on the 3RNews site as they become available for upload.

Short-term rental ordinance on track for September hearing

Anne Lang’s Emporium— In case you haven’t noticed, the exterior of the former Anne Lang’s Emporium building has been transformed by turning from gray with white trim to yellow with gray trim. The fresh paint is part of the transformation that Sierra Subs and Salads is doing as they prepare for a move to this new location in early 2020. Joining Sierra Subs will be Sage Roots Organic Produce, making both food enterprises bigger, better, and healthier than ever.

What it means: According to Allison Millner, who owns Sierra Subs with her husband Dane, the color choice was their chance to “really make the building ours.” 

Woodlake Brewfest— At their monthly meeting on Wednesday, the Woodlake Lions Club decided to cancel the Woodlake Brewfest scheduled for October 19. The popular brewfest added to the coffers of the local charity but as it grew so did the need for more volunteers.

Mike Navarro, who came up with the idea and was event director since its inception, said most of the club members are over 60 and it just takes too much hard work.

What it means: Volunteers at local service clubs are aging rapidly and without new recruits, revenue will decline. It could impact local nonprofits that depend on Lions donations to operate. 

The old Anne Lang’s Emporium building receives a fresh coat of yellow paint. Sierra Subs and Salads is renovating the space for their new location (just a few buildings west of their current shop) that they plan to open in February.


2 thoughts on “News you need to know: Short-term rentals, Anne Lang’s turns yellow, Woodlake Brewfest cancelled

  • September 27, 2019 at 8:10 am

    While short-term rental owners and operators were present, many impacted longer-term 3R residents also were present. As you indicated (11/16), they spoke too. The outdoor fire policy could indeed be more specific: “no outdoor fires!”
    RMA spokesperson Mike Washam in fact acknowledged that Tulare County Fire Chief Charlie Norman declared “‘no fires'” at the preceding Three Rivers Town Hall about vacation rentals. Representatives from the Three Rivers Fire Safety Council specifically stated serious concerns about current RMA draft allowing outdoor fires.
    There also was verifiable and confirmed testimony about local homeowner fire insurance policy cancellations already happening, Adequate septic system concerns were repeatedly mentioned. Also, water usage, conservation and adequacy including contamination concerns require more attention. Current inadequate enforcement by Sheriff was described too.
    . The “no problem” owners and operators ideally would have no problem with ordinance regulating out-of-area absentee landlords. In fact, requirement for local property management could offer some of them even more income. It would be a shame for bad apples to ruin the bunch. Too bad we can’t share with the renters some of the very rude comments made about them when we call the absentee landlord about considerations impacting us and our long-term private property and violation of our property rights including water, septic, and fire!

    • September 28, 2019 at 8:48 am

      Cheers, David! Nice overview. 3R is several law enforcement officers short of meeting the TC requirements. We’ve allowed all of this development with no way to monitor compliance or enforcement. Most of us short term vacation rental owners that live in town or on-site are more than happy with proper ordinance regulations across the board… leveraging small fees does absolutely nothing to address the outrageous health and safety issues at hand.


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