Vacation home causes stir in Westport
LINCOLNTON – Some Westport residents have had enough of the parties and loud music next door, but they’re not sure what to do about it.
A group of unhappy homeowners asked the Board of County Commissioners for help Monday night, May 7, after spending several weekends in what they called an “absolute nightmare.”
Sharon Malmburg, who lives on Howard Lane, said the house next to hers was sold in February, and since then has been used as a lakefront vacation rental.
“Now we have a weekend and weekly home rental next to us in a single-family neighborhood,” Malmburg said. “In the few times they’ve rented this home, it has been an absolute nightmare.”
Malmburg and her neighbors said those renting the house have kept them up late with loud music and talking. One night, they said, a bus pulled in with at least 20 people who were drinking.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s 1st Sgt. Scott Burnham said deputies responded to the house four times in April for calls about loud music, the weekends of April 21 and 28, all after midnight.
Since the community’s homeowners’ association isn’t incorporated, the neighbors said they have no real power to stop it.
County Manager George Wood said he’s asked the county attorney and planning department to determine if there’s a way to handle the nuisances either legally or with zoning codes.
Commissioner George Arena also told the neighbors during Monday night’s meeting that they should inspect the deed restrictions on the property to see if they have a basis for a civil suit.
Burnham said he plans to tell deputies who work nights to cite the loud guests with a noise ordinance violation if they’re called out for a similar complaint again.
“We’ve responded four different times in a 10-day period,” Burnham said. “Enough’s enough.”
At Monday night’s meeting, the board also:
• Approved a request from QuikTrip to have more than the allowed number of concrete parking spaces in a convenience store planned for a lot east of Walmart in Denver. Parking requirements limit the lot to 39 spaces, but QuikTrip representative Jake Sutton said their traffic and parking studies show the business can draw in an average of 50 cars at a time. His site plan calls for 69 spaces.
Sutton said the development is an estimated $5 million investment.
Zoning Administrator Randy Hawkins said he and the planning staff were split on whether to approve the request, since the extra spaces would eliminate areas for water to run into the ground.
Commissioners approved the request in a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Jim Klein and Arena voted against it in part because planning staff couldn’t reach a consensus.