The Archuleta County STR Task Force has met every two weeks since early October to study and discuss Archuleta County’s short-term rental (STR) rules and regulations and how those regulations affect our community. Prior to the first task force meeting, the County Manager openly advertised for over a month in the local media to solicit participation from community stakeholders interested in serving on this task force. The task force comprises a cross-section of private volunteers from the local community, including one member from each of the following stakeholder groups: STR property management, affordable housing community, retired resident, tourism board, restaurant industry, condo association, school district, Realtor, STR owner, STR neighbor, at large member, and retail industry. The Task Force received initial input from representatives from PAWSD and the Pagosa Springs Medical Center.
The STR Task Force requested and received data to review and analyze as part of this endeavor.
The task force is working together to brainstorm policy ideas to make recommendations to the County Manager on possible adjustments to the current rules and regulations before the current STR moratorium ends. This work occurs privately as an informal work group dedicated to minimizing outside noise while studying a very complex and emotional local policy issue in Archuleta County. As a work output, the STR Task Force will publish its recommendations once finalized to share with all community stakeholders as a baseline policy approach to moving forward with short-term rentals in Archuleta County.
Short Term Rental Task Force and Derek Woodman, County Manager