Lancaster begins work on short-term rental ordinance

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—After reviewing other municipalities’ ordinances, the Lancaster planning commission on October 20 began work on its own short-term rental zoning ordinance to address the growing frustrations of residents in the county. “Staff has been inundated with complaints,” county administrator Don Gill said.

“Currently, we do not regulate short-term rentals through our zoning ordinance,” Gill continued. “We only have a short-term rental registry ordinance and a transient occupancy tax ordinance.”

Gill presented a draft based on ordinances from “the Town of Irvington, Town of Urbanna, City of Williamsburg, City of Virginia Beach and counties of Goochland and Louisa.”

The proposed ordinance divides short-term rentals into two-groups: hosted and….

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