Economic Squeeze on Workers and Shortage of Affordable Housing



Evicting Long-Term Tenants to Convert Properties to Short-Term Rental/Home Stays


Landlords turned 14 SF apartments into illegal Airbnbs, city attorney says – San Francisco Chronicle


Affordable Workforce Housing

Monterey County Generally





Big Sur


Mike Novo, former Director of County Planning states (memo, April 1, 2016), addressed this issue for Big Sur, and it is evident it should apply to Carmel Highlands as well:

As it stands today, we have a large need for housing in Big Sur, and a very small supply. The situation in Big Sur, where much of the acreage is in public ownership, under conservation easement, or undevelopable due to our policies, means that housing supply will be constrained in the future as well.

The need for housing includes affordable housing for employees that work in the area and housing needs for the community, so that a nucleus of residents can remain to represent the community and work or volunteer in the local businesses and governmental functions. Housing needs for the community includes long time residents, artists who provide to the galleries in the area, and an available supply so that the children of residents have a place to live as they get older and establish their own households.

Short term, or vacation, rentals are nothing new. They have been in existence for many, many years. There are heavily used tourist areas (e.g., Sea Ranch, Tahoe, and Yosemite) where whole communities of second homes and vacation homes are the rule, and housing for residents is the exception. With the relatively new tools being used on the web for short term rentals, the pressure on housing stock to convert to short term rental use is great in areas such as Big Sur and we should ensure that housing for the community does not become the exception.

From what I know so far, I believe that there likely is not enough housing stock for the needs of just the community and for employee needs. While not all employees will want to live in the community, we should plan to try to accommodate the needs of those that want to live near their jobs. That creates a safer environment for travelers on Highway 1 by reducing the need to commute long distances from outside Big Sur. It also helps to have a core nucleus of residents who stay and are invested in the community and meets our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

As such, I do not think that we have a substantial supply of housing that could or should be converted to short term rentals in Big Sur. The needs of the community and accommodating employee housing needs should come first.

[i]See KION September 30, 2015

[ii]See April 12, 2014 and

[iii]Short-Term Rentals not allowed in residential areas

[iv]Short-Term Rentals not allowed in residential areas

[v]Short-Term Rentals not allowed in residential areas

[vi]Short-Term Rentals not allowed in residential areas



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