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To: City of Marfa City Council Members

Fair Regulations on Short-Term Rentals in Marfa, Texas

The Marfa Chamber of Commerce, area residents, and community stakeholders are asking the Marfa City Council to begin looking at options for short-term rental regulations in Marfa that balance the needs of residents and the tourism industry and ensure the sustainability of our community. The residents most impacted by the negative effects of short-term rentals are those with infrastructural and service industry jobs. Our local economy cannot stand the continued increase in housing prices and lack of affordable long-term rentals.

Why is this important?

As short-term rentals increase, residency decreases.*
Short-term rentals drive up the cost of living.
Short-term rentals deplete the availability of long-term rentals.
Regulations on short-term rentals are becoming common in Texas cities and have been upheld by courts.**
Short-term rentals are expected to continue to grow in number by 20-30% annually.***
20% of Marfa's housing is currently short-term rentals with more being built as you read this.****

* From the Wall Street Journal article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/vacation-rentals-in-the-desert-e63eb21e (this article is behind a paywall, but an audio file is available at the top of the page without a login).
** Information provided by Texas Neighborhood Coalition
*** Statistics provided by Granicus
**** Information gathered from Granicus and the Presidio County Appraiser

How it will be delivered

We plan to present this petition, in progress, to City Council in April. We hope local supporters will join us in person to voice their support at that meeting. More information will be announced via our social media pages as we get nearer to the date.

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2023-03-09 07:35:37 -0500

100 signatures reached

2023-03-08 17:18:40 -0500

Some people have suggested that our request to City Council is too vague, and want to know, specifically what we are asking.

We want City Council to do the work of learning about the options, hearing community feedback, and finding the best solution for Marfa. It is not the Chamber's place to make that decision. We will certainly participate in the conversation, but it isn't up to the Chamber to dictate how this goes. We want to empower our community to speak up and make sure they have the opportunity to do so. This is Marfa's decision.

2023-03-08 02:25:41 -0500

50 signatures reached

2023-03-07 17:52:13 -0500

25 signatures reached

2023-03-06 17:41:37 -0500

10 signatures reached