by AnnGardner Eubank
IRVINGTON—Despite the town’s short-term rental (STR) ordinance passing months ago, the policies and means of enforcement surrounding it remain contentious and subject to change.
On Tuesday, March 7, the planning commission voted to recommend town council consider an amendment with several clarifications for the ordinance.
As previously discussed during a February town council meeting, amendments made to the STR ordinance include a need to register for a business license to operate an STR as well as provide ample off-street parking.
According to chairman Tom Chapman, the suggested amendment regarding a necessary business license will be required for operation of any STR within town. Chapman and commission member Albert Pollard also briefly discussed measures to take regarding STRs that are being advertised without being granted a license.
Pollard suggested there is nothing prohibiting homeowners from advertising without a business license. He added it may be a good idea for zoning administrator Justin Nelson to issue a letter to the advertiser and/or homeowner in the event of advertising without a business license to inform them operating without a license would be against the ordinance. If they were to operate without a license, they would not be able to operate an STR.
By a unanimous 6-0 vote, the commission recommended the amendments to council….
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