Neighborhoods are for neighbors. The passage of Measure A in La Quinta on Nov. 8 will enshrine this message into legislation, which might solely be modified by one other vote of the citizens.
In January 2021, I learn a letter to the mayor and metropolis council into the report at a particular assembly of the town council particular to short-term trip leases. In that letter I acknowledged: “Make no mistake. You (the town council) can create an ordinance now, not not like the imaginative and prescient proposed by Neighbors for Neighborhoods (N4N), and you may be heroes. Or you possibly can face a referendum at a not-too-distant election that may create a extra restrictive ordinance for STVRs in our metropolis (a everlasting phase-out) which you’d then be obligated to implement.”
Right here we’re. Measure A is that referendum and it’s a everlasting resolution: the suitable of the voters of La Quinta to take issues into their very own palms by exercising their democratic proper to vote.
My spouse, Dori, and I learn about La Quinta neighborhoods. We’ve got lived within the La Quinta Cove for 42 years. We raised our youngsters right here, each of whom graduated from La Quinta Excessive College. I served on the La Quinta Planning Fee for a complete of 12 years. Dori has served the La Quinta Group Providers Fee for 5 years. We have been each honored as “Pillars of the Group.” We’ve got invested our lives in La Quinta.
As a member of the Group Providers Fee, Dori labored to increase our public leisure assets, particularly for our youth.
As a member of the Planning Fee, I labored to keep up the integrity and high quality of growth in La Quinta attempting to make sure that our present single-family neighborhoods remained so and improved over time. That is known as “zoning.”
Single-family zoned areas, like many HOAs, north La Quinta and the Cove, are sacred. They exist and no authorities, metropolis or state, must be allowed to successfully de facto rezone them to industrial makes use of with out a clear vote of the residents of these communities. That’s what La Quinta has achieved, and that’s what Measure A will right.
Underneath present vacationer industrial zoning, Measure A will present for over 1,000 authorized, permitted, STVRs in Vacationer Industrial Zones in La Quinta by roughly 2025, when the phase-out is full. That’s greater than exist as we speak. Opposite to scare techniques, metropolis revenues is not going to be mortally lowered. Additionally it is essential to notice that Measure A maintains the suitable of a home-owner to lease out a visitor room or visitor home whereas the homeowners stay on the property and may management the influence on the neighbors.
These neighborhoods are the locations the place working households can thrive. Permitting these neighborhoods to develop into industrial ventures for out-of-town buyers not solely ruins the neighborhood, it destroys the flexibility of the household to afford housing.
We’ve got all heard the horror tales. When you reside in La Quinta and your neighbors are your mates, and you understand that the peaceable enjoyment of your private home is your proper, then it is best to really feel an pressing must vote for Measure A this November and protect your neighborhood from transient, partying, weekend trip renters.
Paul Quill is a La Quinta resident. E mail him at [email protected]