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Michael Good: AirBnbs not banned by Y

There are more employees than households in Nevada City. Ask them about finding local rentals. You’ll hear a tale of woe.

Tourism isn’t and shouldn’t be the bulk of our economy.

The city-approved second units were intended for affordable housing — not commercial use.

Opponents to Y say no one can tell them what they can or can’t do with their property. Didn’t they understand what R-l meant when they purchased that property? Is it a matter of money rather than the long term benefit of community in a neighborhood?

If Y passes AirBnbs won’t be prohibited, but certain reasonable restrictions will apply. When demand exists, new short term rentals will be supplied complying with new reasonable restrictions. These restrictions will help retain good, solid residential neighborhoods with limited commercial usage. Such neighborhoods attract family minded businesses offering higher paying jobs. Families are not attracted to residential areas full of vacation rentals.

We favor neighborhoods primarily occupied by long term residents, and a small number of short term rentals with off street parking and owner occupancy. This preserves community. We are voting Yes on Y. Keeping our neighborhoods residential and possessing a sense of community is important to our town.

Michael L. Good lives in Nevada City.

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