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Houses should be homes.


CONCERNED ABOUT THE LACK OF HOUSING IN WEST MARIN? West Marin Residents for Housing (WMRFH) is an all-volunteer group of West Marin residents, business people and civically active community members dedicated to supporting affordable and accessible housing. We are concerned that Short Term Rentals (STRs) are not being sufficiently or fairly regulated in a way that creates balance in our West Marin communities. The positions we advocate below are representative of the many hundreds of residents, including teachers, fire fighters, business owners, and organizational leaders, who have testified to the negative impact that the doubling of STRs between 2018 and 2023, from 480 to 873, has had on our communities’ ability to function. The negative impacts of STRs on available housing have been well documented in the County’s plan to address the housing crisis: the Marin Housing Element.

In November, 2023, the Marin County Planning Commission listened to this community concern and approved a plan to gradually reduce the number of STRs back to 2018 numbers, except for STRs in Seadrift and Dillon Beach which would remain uncapped. Now, the Board of Supervisors will review that Plan, and we need all housing advocates to weigh in!


Our Top Level Goals:

  • Maintain the Planning Commission’s recommendation to reduce STR licenses to 2018 numbers
  • Accelerate the reduction to 2018 numbers through enforcement of STR regulations
  • Prioritize licensing for properties hosted by primary residents
  • License only “natural” persons (no corporations)
  • Add incentives to encourage owners to shift from short-term to long-term rentals.
  • Do not allow an operator to hold more than one STR license

Click here to read our October 18, 2023 comment letter to the Marin County Planning Commission on the First Draft of the STR Standards.


We believe that residential neighborhoods should be lived in, not monetized
We acknowledge that STRs, coupled with commercially licensed hotels and motels, provide important access for coastal visitors. Yet over the past decade, we have seen our residential neighborhoods become progressively “hollowed out” by the acceleration and commercialization of STR activity.

STRs have contributed to the escalating real estate prices, to speculation by property investors and to the decreasing availability of full-time rentals for local workers, families and seniors. Indeed, the California Coastal Commission has “recognized a need to restrict STRs in some coastal communities where evidence showed that the STR market is having impacts on coastal resources, or even was significantly impacting the availability of housing."

Other communities throughout California and around the Country have enacted much stricter regulations that have been effective and have withstood legal challenges. It's time for Marin County to do the same.

For more detail, read our STR Position Paper
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Existing Short Term Rentals by Community

Distirict 4 - Short Term Rentals Totals

DRAFT SHORT TERM RENTAL STANDARDS - SEPTEMBER 2023

As written, the County’s proposed ordinance would allow the licensing of an additional 108 STRs, increasing the number of STRs in coastal West Marin from 568 to 676 — almost 20% of the housing stock.

What this looks like in your community

Map - STRs Bolinas and Stinson
Map - STRs Point Reyes and Inverness
Map - STRs Dillon Beach


What You Can Do


1. Sign up for updates.

2. Send a letter or email to the Planning Commission and County staff at str@marincounty.org asking them to prioritize housing over vacation rentals.

3. Spread the word - STR policy is being decided in West Marin NOW!

Founding Members of West Marin Residents for Housing

Maureen Cornelia
Inverness
Ruth Lopez
Point Reyes Station
Caroline Dutton
Marshall
Jorge Martinez
Point Reyes Station
David Kimball
Bolinas
Harriet Moss
Stinson Beach
Leila Monroe
Bolinas
Susan Scott
Inverness
Don Smith
Bolinas
Andrew Zlot
Point Reyes Station
Eoin McMillan
Bolinas