Municipal Code Online
With the help of Code Publishing Inc. out of Seattle Washington, the City of Trinidad has recently completed a recodification of its Municipal Code. The last time this occured was 1990, when online, searchable codes were rare. The city now has a comprehensive, well organized, user friendly and searchable database of all its ordinances - including the zoning and land use code. Check it out: http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/Trinidad/
UPDATE: Short Term Rental Ordinance AmendmentsAt the regular meeting on September 14, the City Council incorporated various revisions to the draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance (formerly VDU Ordinance). A revised Summary Chart of the changes made (effective 9-14-16) is being updated and will be posted to the Document Library as soon as it's available. An Ordinance Preamble, drafted by the City Attorney, was presented as well. Finally, members of the public urged the Council to create a 3rd classification of rentals (not subject to the cap) that would allow for permanent residents to "rent their homes for a maximum of 60 days", and the Council listened. Staff is making final revisions to the current draft that will be up for review, likely in October.
November Election - City Council NomineesThe City of Trinidad received (2) applications for (2) Council positions open for the upcoming November Election. Incumbent Jack West, and resident Steve Ladwig will have their names on the local ballot, along with the 3/4% Sales Tax Extension Measure G.
Vacation Rental License MoratoriumAt the regular meeting on Wednesday, June 08, 2016, the Trinidad City Council approved Ordinance 2015-02b; continuation a moratorium placed on issuing new vacation rental licenses for one final year, ending June 29, 2017. A report of the City's efforts to amend the existing ordinance to address the issues that prompted the moratorium is now available for public review. It is posted in the Document Library of this website.
Welcome to Trinidad, California
Trinidad is a seaside town in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8 miles north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15 miles north of the college town of Arcata. Situated directly above its own natural harbor, Trinidad is one of California's smallest incorporated cities, (with a 2010 population of 367) and is noted for its spectacular coastline with ten public beaches and offshore rocks. These rocks are part of the California Coastal National Monument of which Trinidad is a Gateway City. This natural landmark is joined by three additional marine landmarks - the historic Trinidad Head Light, the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, and Humboldt State University's Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory. Fishing operations related to Trinidad Harbor are vital to both local tourism and commercial fishery interests in the region. In addition to its coastal assets, the city honors and works to protect its Native American cultural and historic heritage.
Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law
The mandatory commercial recycling regulation was adopted at CalRecycle’s January 17, 2012 Monthly Public Meeting. This regulation reflects the statutory provisions of AB 341 (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341]) and provides additional procedural clarifications. The regulation was approved by the Office of Administrative Law on May 7, 2012 and became effective immediately. On June 27, 2012 the Governor signed Senate Bill 1018 which included an amendment that requires a business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week to arrange for recycling services.
The city of Trinidad is required by law to implement a commercial solid waste recycling program that consists of education, outreach and monitoring of businesses, that is appropriate for that jurisdiction and is designed to divert commercial solid waste from businesses, whether or not the jurisdiction has met the requirements of PRC Section 41780. More information on this law, and how it may (or may not) affect your commercial business in Trinidad can be found online. http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/default.htm
Upcoming Meetings - City Council
The Trinidad City Council meets regularly on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm. The meeting agenda and the meeting packet will be available online for review or in the Clerk's Office in Town Hall by the end of the day Friday, prior to the meeting.