The Inyo Board of Supervisors stood with the Planning Commission to allow a short-term rental in Aspendell, a small community below Lake Sabrina and west of Bishop, despite a showing of home owners who really didn’t like the idea.

The house in question is on the south side of Hwy. 168 on a cul de sac at the eastern edge of the newer part of the community. Nearly 70-percent of the houses are second homes.

The conditional use permit, submitted by George and Kerry Lozito, had been unanimously approved at the Planning Commission. The Lozito’s had initiated a list of house rules that went beyond those imposed by the County ordinance. None of that mattered. 

Residents don’t object to rentals, it’s just those pesky short-term rentals that drew objection letters and a line of homeowners at Tuesday’s meeting. The concerns ranged from damage to the infrastructure, loss of peace and quiet, public safety issues, more deer kill accidents, trash, impact on property values and disrupted lives.

A number of speakers indicated they were unaware of the Board’s long, drawn-out discussion on short-term rentals prior to passing the ordinance in the spring of 2018.  Supervisor Dan Totheroh, whose district includes Aspendell, said he had sent an e-mail to the homeowners’ association to get the word out before the ordinance was passed. “The concerns expressed when the ordinance passed were incorporated into the County’s measure,” he said.

None of the Supervisors really liked what are commonly referred to as Airbnb’s, but as Supervisor Mark Tillemans said, “that train’s left the station.” All of the Supervisors agreed the Lozito’s had met all the requirements of the ordinance.

Totheroh moved to deny the appeal. The vote was 5-0 in support of the motion.


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