Short-Term Rental Task Force


The Paso Robles Short Term Rental Task Force was created in 2016 to examine the issue of short-term rentals (also referred to as “vacation rentals”) and reconvened in February 2019.  

On February 19, 2019 the City Council requested that the Short-Term Rental Task Force review and update the draft ordinance created by the original task force and present their recommendation to the Planning Commission within 60 days. 

The Task Force will meet every Wednesday at 10:00 AM from February 27 through April 17 in the City Council Chamber at 1000 Spring Street.


  • Spring 2015 City Council requests the formation of a task force to discuss growing community concerns about the impacts of vacation rentals within the city limits
  • August 2015 the Assistant City Manager prepares a Short-Term Rental Outreach Plan that called for (1) a Focus Group meeting of short-term rental operators; and (2) a public workshop
  • September 23, 2015 staff hosted a Focus Group meeting that was attended by five local short-term rental operators
  • November 4, 2015 the City hosted a short-term rental community workshop in Council Chamber attended by a standing-room-only crowd that appeared to be a balance of operators and concerned neighbors. Meeting summary 
  • March 1, 2016, the Council approved a new Assistant Planner position, to provide staff resources to track short-term rentals in the City and ensure compliance with the City’s transient occupancy tax provisions
  • March 15, 2016 the City Council considered a Short-Term Rental Policy update report and authorized the City Manager to form an advisory panel consisting of operators and neighbors to work collaboratively with staff on policy recommendations for the City Council’s consideration
  • April 21, 2016 following a public application process, the City appoints 7 people to the Short-Term Rental Task Force. Roster
  • May-September 2016 Short Term Rental Task Force begins monthly meetings to review short-term rental issues and explore potential policy options. Agendas and minutes
  • September 9, 2016 the Short-Term Rental Task Force recommended a draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance and a Statement Concerning Density of Short-Term Rentals to the City Manager for consideration. 
  • January 31, 2017 City Council held a public workshop to review the short-term rental task force recommendation
  • September 9, 2017 the Short-Term Rental Task Force was reconvened to review the revised draft ordinance 
  • October 10, 2017 the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider the proposed short-term rental ordinance and continued the hearing to October 24, 2017 
  • October 24, 2017, the Planning Commission reconvened the public hearing and voted 5-0 (Barth abstained, Rollins absent) to recommend the City Council approved the proposed ordinance 
  • November 7, 2017 City Council considers draft Short Term Rental ordinance, opts not to adopt it
  • Summer-Fall 2018 ongoing conversations about vacation rentals and affordable housing happening in the community and at public meetings
  • January 3, 2019 City opens applications to fill two openings on the Short Term Rental Task Force prior to reconvening.
  • January 8, 2019 Planning Commission discusses Short Term Rentals, recommends Council pass an urgency ordinance. Agenda
  • February 5, 2019 City Council passes an urgency ordinance at the recommendation of the Planning Commission. Agenda item
  • February 8, 2019 the City Manager appoints Danna Stroud and Scott Laycock to replace the two non-returning Task Force members.
  • February 19, 2019 City Council repeals urgency ordinance for Short Term Rentals due to a potential conflict of interest. Agenda item
  • February 19, 2019 City Council declines to pass Short Term Rental Ordinance as drafted, asks the Task Force to study the issue in more depth and bring their recommendation to the Planning Commission within 60 days. Agenda item
  • February 27, 2019 the re-instituted Short Term Rental Task Force's first meeting. Agenda 

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Short-Term Rental Task Force (STRTF) has completed its assignment and no additional meetings are scheduled. The City Manager would like to thank all of the Task Force members and the public for their hard work and participation in the process.

Task Force Agendas

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. View most recent Agendas. View most recent Minutes.

2019 Task Force Members

  • Kathy Bonelli
  • Bill Haas
  • Dan Jones
  • Scott Laycock
  • Mark McConnell
  • Jill Ogorsolka
  • Danna Stroud

2016-17 Task Force Members

  • Kathy Bonelli
  • Bill Haas
  • Stacie Jacob
  • Dan Jones
  • Meridith Maas
  • Mark McConnell
  • Jill Ogorsolka


The Paso Robles City Council has requested options for managing Short-Term Rentals (also referred to as "vacation rentals") within the City.

As part of this process, the Paso Robles City Council authorized the City Manager to   appoint a citizens' Short-Term Rental Task Force to examine the issue of short-term   rentals. The Task Force consisted of seven (7) members, representing all sides of the   of Short-Term Rental issue and was responsible for developing a comprehensive   recommendation for Council consideration.