Susan Rogers: Other towns have passed measures similar to Y |

Susan Rogers: Other towns have passed measures similar to Y

Driving through Nevada City, it’s clear to see that Measure Y has many opponents. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why intelligent Nevada City residents want to risk their very quality of life by voting against Measure Y.

I can’t vote on Measure Y myself, since we live just over the line in Grass Valley, but we have rented Airbnb places in towns like Asheville, North Carolina, a place with many qualities similar to Nevada City. It was very clear to my husband and me that by being able to stay in the charming little house we rented, we were helping keep it off the rental housing market. But Asheville learned its lesson, and has now banned renting out whole homes (including apartments, condos and other accessory dwelling units) in residentially zoned areas. Those caught doing so can face a $500 per day fine.

“No on Y” signs suggest that voting the measure down will “support the local economy,” but at what cost? You are voting on whether your neighbor can run a business right next door. Is that what you want? Or do you want a town where people can find a place to put down roots and become your neighbor? Choose wisely.

Susan Rogers

Grass Valley

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