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Reflections on Lake Tulloch by Tim Bradley
Calaveras County Supervisors Pass Summer Rental Ordinance
(San Andreas - March 26, 2013) The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted March 26th to establish a permitting system for future summer or transient rentals on Lake Tulloch. This move requested by besieged residents for years, was passed after four recent meetings over the past 90 days. The current effort to deal with the problem began in the summer of 2011. The Board of Supervisors voted to develop an ordinance in April 2012 in lieu of an initial ban of the practice. The Calaveras County Planning Commission approved the ordinance in November 2012.
The Supervisors voted 3-2 to approve the ordinance which becomes law April 26, 2013. Supervisor Debbie Ponte made the motion to approve the ordinance and it was seconded by Supervisor Darren Spellman who has worked with local residents for years to deal with the problem that has plagued the lake for years. Also voting to pass the ordinance was Supervisor Chris Wright. In 2011 the Lake Tulloch Shores homeowners voted unanimously to ban short term rents of less than a month.
The move to gain passage of the ordinance involved many past and current board members of Conner Estates, Calypso Bay, Lake Tulloch Shores/Poker Flat, and Copper Cove Homeowners Association plus many members. Critics of the ordinance alleged that the move was sparked by only two property owners. The current board of Copper Cove refused to lend any support of the effort to cope with the problem and suggested members vote on whether they support a permitting system. They also refused to enforce their own CC&Rs that gave them the power to end rentals under current county code. All other associations on Lake Tulloch have dealt with the problem.
The ordinance requires all property owners within homeowners associations that do not ban short term rentals to apply for a permit within 90 days of the effective date of the law. The permit fee is being reviewed but Supervisors said it could be about $1,000 the first year and a few hundred dollars or less in future years for renewals.
Property owners with rental contracts for 2013 may continue with the rentals under the previous unregulated environment but must conform in future years. New rentals must operate under the new permitting and regulatory system that limits the numbers of renters and imposes other standards.
Summer or transient rentals have grown over the years at Lake Tulloch primarily spurred by Internet agencies such as Vacation Rentals by Owner. It has become a huge problem since the primarily summer rentals are actually transient rental businesses which inserts hotel like rental businesses into residential communities or neighborhoods. The interests of a vacationer are very different than a family that lives fulltime at a home on Lake Tulloch. The vacationer is at a home to party straight for 6-7 days which impact a neighborhood. Supervisor Debbie Ponte noted that vacationers often move their large boats filled with food and beer purchased at Costco out of town and bypass local merchants.
More and more part time residents are now moving the lake fulltime. This brings more economic growth to the community but the rental of neighboring houses is a disincentive to property owners who want to live full time here. This is a real conflict.
Parking of cars, trucks, motor homes, and trailers created congestion in communities according the Sheriff's office and have become a public safety issue noted one Supervisor. On water congestion occurs too with too many boats parked on docks that simply can't accommodate them. This is all caused by overcrowding of homes. Previously, more than 25-30 renters would crowd into a 4 or 5 bedroom house. This overcrowding is caused by renters pooling together to cover the high rental costs that can range as high at $650 to $850 a night.
The goal of residents who supported the ordinance is to work with homeowners and rental agencies to make the ordinance work and eliminate the conflict. Supervisors have been clear that if these measures don't work tougher measures could be imposed including a ban. The ordinance also notes that no applications will be accepted from homes in HOAs which banned transient rentals.
For more information click here for 2012 LTA work on issue
Calaveras County Approves Noise Ordinance
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The Calaveras Board of Supervisors has approved a new ordinance in 2012 which is now in effect. It has installed large fines and a regulatory system that will allow law enforcement to curb this growing noise problems in Calaveras County. The board will also appropriate funds for the purchase of monitoring equipment to be used by the Sheriff's office. The Lake Tulloch Alliance appreciates the hardwork of the Sheriff's Office and County Planning to bring this new ordinance to the board.
The Lake Tulloch Alliance and leaders and members of all of the homeowners associations worked for years to gain approval of the ordinance. It will now be important for the public to be educated about the new law. This will be important for boaters who too often misusethe powerful speakers on their boats and for the concerts on the lake that have been over the top in everything from noise to arrests.
New boat speaker technology has created super loud speaker systems that can shake the china on a shelf in a nearby house. It is worse on a body of water like Lake Tulloch since water can enhance sound by 1000%. For years residents on Lake Tulloch have sought a law to control the sound emitted the boat speaker systems along with out of control parties often held by summer renters.
Unfortunately, a previous attempt was defeated after a few vocal advocates got a petition signed that was deceptive and didn't properly inform signers. There was no one attending the September 11th meeting from Lake Tulloch other than Lake Tulloch Alliance members.
Soon the board will consider a new ordinance to regulate finally Summer Rentals that has been the source of many of the noise problems on the lake.
Clearly there is a problem and it is important that the county addresses these issues soon in everyone’s best interest. For more information on LTA's support of such action call (209) 785-1944.
Poker Flat/Lake Tulloch Shores Bans Summer Rentals
Lake Tulloch Lakeshore Management Plan: Time for Action
Newly found photographs demonstrate Tulloch land rip off
The Lake Tulloch Shoreline Management Plan is finalized by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The plan is final approval. The Lake Tulloch Alliance filed a letter with the commission..
The Alliance is pleased to release for the first time photographs of the lake taken in 1957 that demonstrate that no land for current projects existed at the time of the creation of the lake. The land for the Lake Tulloch Resort and the Merle Holman's planned Marina Villas land didn't exist and was created by illegal land fills. We hope that the enforcement of the plan will prevent similar inappropriate development in the future.
Watch for more details here on Lake Tulloch.org.
Sheriff's Finds 1,183 Boats on Lake Tulloch: Makes the Case for Change: Summer 2009 Usage seems up
Local residents at Lake Tulloch have seen significantly more watercraft on the lake than in recent years. A boat count the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office performed two years ago found 785 boats on the 21-square-mile Don Pedro Reservoir, 250 on New Melones' 17 square miles, and at Tulloch, which is only 2 square-miles, there were 1,183. Click here for details
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