Commission recommends adjustments to Irvington’s short term rental ordinance

AnnGardner Eubank

by AnnGardner Eubank

IRVINGTON—Months in the making and weeks in effect, Irvington’s Short Term Rental (STR) Ordinance is in line for tweaking.

On Tuesday, January 3, planning commission chairman Tom Chapman shared a proposed amendment to change certain language amid tensions and criticisms from residents regarding issues of density and neighborly objections when property owners apply to operate an STR.

According to Chapman, the proposed amendment states that when deliberating on STR conditional use permit (CUP) recommendations by the commission, or approval by the town council, both bodies may consider the effects of STR density and/or neighbors’ substantial objections.

Chapman said the commission and council already had the ability to use these factors when making a decision; however, having it in writing could aid in eliminating confusion.

Commission member Ruth Fuller questioned how these factors are measured, for instance how many complaints from neighbors is considered substantial.

There isn’t any specific formula….

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