Durango may soon repeal a law allowing vacation rentals in the city limits, but Annette MacNiven wishes someone would have told her sooner.
"Why waste our time. I followed all the rules, and I still get a 'no,' and they had their minds made up before we got here," MacNiven said Tuesday after the City Council denied her application for a vacation rental permit at her East Eighth Avenue home.
Primarily stating their collective belief that vacation rentals have an adverse affect on the integrity of Durango's historic neighborhoods - a position each has taken during previous hearings on rental applications - Councilors Doug Lyon and Leigh Meigs and Mayor Renee Parsons voted against MacNiven's application.
The Durango Planning Commission approved the application 4-1 in December.
"If there were three Lyons on the council this ordinance would be repealed," Lyon said.
Councilors Scott Graham, and Michael Rendon voted for MacNiven's application.
"It seems we've got someone who's been doing what the ordinance says we should do," Graham said of MacNiven, who said she spent about $50,000 to renovate and remodel the house but added that she will continue to rent it to long-term tenants and doesn't expect to lose any income from the decision.
"It would seem better to go ahead and repeal it - the 'no' vote's about the ordinance itself and I'm worried about the other folks in the pipeline spending some serious money ... to get all the way to this point," Graham said.
The council will likely discuss the possibility of repealing the vacation rental ordinance at a March study session yet to be scheduled.