Short Term Rental Vote FAQ's

Ballot on whether Short Term Renters should have access to Lake Arrowhead
Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is a Short Term Rental (“STR”)?
San Bernardino County defines a Short Term Rental (“STR”) as a property rental of less than 30 consecutive days. Homes and condominiums are often rented as STRs through websites, including but not limited to VRBO and AIRBNB.
 
Who regulates STRs in Lake Arrowhead?
San Bernardino County regulates STRs in Arrowhead Woods.
 
How many ALA members rent their properties as STRs?
There were approximately 660 STR properties in Arrowhead Woods registered with San Bernardino County as of January 31, 2020. Approximately 600 of the 660 STR properties owned by STRs are members of the Arrowhead Lake Association (“ALA”). There are approximately 5,500 total ALA members who own properties in Arrowhead Woods.  As such, STRs currently comprise about 11% of the ALA membership.
 
What is the vote about?
ALA owns and controls access to Lake Arrowhead, the Burnt Mill Beach Club, the Tavern Bay Beach Club, Grass Valley Lake and Recreation Area, the trails, the property and facilities at the North Shore Marina and the Reserve Strip and the Reserve Strip Additions around Lake Arrowhead and numerous easements, which provide access to these facilities (collectively the “ALA properties”).
 
There are some ALA members who support STR client access to Lake Arrowhead and  other ALA properties. There are some ALA members who are opposed to STR access to Lake Arrowhead and other ALA properties. The ALA bylaws currently do not state whether STR clients can access Lake Arrowhead and other ALA properties. As such, the ALA Board of Directors voted to conduct a vote of the ALA members to decide whether the ALA bylaws should be amended to state whether STR clients can access Lake Arrowhead and other ALA properties.
 
What is Question 1 on the ballot?
Question 1 asks whether ALA should establish a new bylaw to regulate the use of Lake Arrowhead and the ALA properties by STR clients. The member must vote YES or NO on Question 1.
  • Answering YES to Question 1 is a vote to create a new ALA bylaw regulating STR client access to Lake Arrowhead and the ALA properties.  
  • Answering NO to Question 1 is a vote against creating a new ALA bylaw regulating STR client access to Lake Arrowhead and the ALA properties.
 What is Question 2 on the ballot?
Question 2 asks the member to choose between two proposed bylaw amendments if the majority of the ALA membership vote YES on creating a new bylaw in Question 1. If the majority of the ALA membership vote NO on Question 1, the vote will not change the ALA bylaws. You must answer Question 2 even if you answered NO to Question 1.
 
What are the two choices for bylaw amendments in Question 2 on the ballot?
Proposed Bylaw Amendment #1
NO ACCESS – ALA will not allow STR clients to use Lake Arrowhead, the ALA trails, parks, beach clubs, Lake Arrowhead or any dock or any of the other ALA Properties.  In addition, STR clients will not be able to receive ALA boat operator licenses, use kayaks, paddle boards, power boats, sail, fish or swim in Lake Arrowhead or use Grass Valley Park.

Proposed Bylaw Amendment #2
FULL ACCESS – ALA will allow STR clients to use Lake Arrowhead, the ALA trails, parks, beach clubs, Lake Arrowhead or any dock or any of the other ALA Properties.  In addition, STR clients will be able to receive ALA boat operator licenses, use kayaks, paddle boards, power boats, sail, fish or swim in Lake Arrowhead and use of Grass Valley Park so long as the ALA member renting to the STR client pays ALA a fee in amount to be set by the ALA Board of Directors on an annual basis to cover the increased cost of STR client access to Lake Arrowhead incurred by ALA. The STR client access fee for the 2020 season (April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021) will be $1,000.  Due to safety and insurance liability concerns, STR clients will not be allowed to use powerboats. All STR clients must comply with all ALA bylaws, rules, regulations and policies.

 
In Proposed Bylaw Amendment #2, do all ALA members who rent their properties as STRs have to pay the additional annual fee to ALA?
No. If ALA members renting property to STR clients choose not to offer their STR clients access to Lake Arrowhead and/or the ALA properties, then no annual fee has to be paid.
 
How and when do members vote?
Ballots will be mailed to members on March 17, 2020.  Members must return their ballots in the postage paid envelope sent with the ballot by mail or in person to the ALA office. Ballots must be received by ALA by 5pm on April 10, 2020 to be counted.
 
Does this mean that my family or my friends that use my Lake Arrowhead home will no longer have access to Lake Arrowhead and the ALA Properties?
No. Access to Lake Arrowhead and the ALA Properties by your family and friends will not be impacted in anyway by this vote.