Clatsop County has made changes to its vacation rental law, including new fees.

The changes include requirements for homeowners to send notices of recently issued vacation rental permits, with contact information, to owners of property located within 300 feet. Homeowners would be required to either provide a notarized affidavit to the county that the notice has been sent or have the county contact the neighbors for them at a $100 cost.

Additional fees include $125 for re-inspections by the county, $50 when a property is transferred to another owner and $300 when a property is transferred to another owner and re-inspected. Owners will also be required to provide annual water sampling results for nonregulated water supplies, such as private wells and springs.

County commissioners passed the vacation rental ordinance in January.

In other business Wednesday, commissioners approved two culvert replacement projects that are expected to cost between $345,000 and $495,000 combined.

One culvert is located near Clifton Road and has reached the end of its usefulness, according to county public works. Deep within within bedrock, the culvert allows water from an unnamed tributary to flow into Hunt Creek, which discharges to the Columbia River in the north. It allows cutthroat trout to pass.

Another culvert, near Youngs River Road and crossing Moos Moos Creek, is about five years away from the end of its usefulness and is impassible for fish. The replacement will allow a range of salmonand cutthroat trout to pass, according to county public works.

Work is scheduled for next summer.


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