After two community meetings on the subject and several public hearings during City Council sessions, a decision on a zone ordinance that would allow bed and breakfasts within a specific area of Old Town was put on hold.
At the council meeting Monday, members of the community and council members debated for nearly four hours before adjourning at 11:59 p.m. as required by city law. Also, as required, the bed-and-breakfast zone ordinance discussion must be the first item discussed at the next council meeting.
About 200 residents were at the City Council meeting, and many said they are opposed to contractor Chris Verhulst's request to move two older homes to a 7th Street location and convert them to bed and breakfasts. In order to accommodate Verhulst, the city drafted an overlay zoning ordinance in January that would allow the bed and breakfasts to operate.
Because some residents felt that the ordinance would open the floodgates for more lodging establishments, a revision to the proposal that keeps such projects within 300 feet of a hotel and no more than 500 feet from the center line of Pacific Coast Highway was added in February.