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Lancaster planning commission recommends completed work on short-term rental ordinance

LANCASTER—After weeks of work and considerable public input, the Lancaster planning commission on Thursday, May 18, completed its work on a short-term rental ordinance.

The commission voted 6-0 to recommend the regulations to the board of supervisors for approval. Steve Sorensen, David Chupp, Ty Brent, Tara Booth, Latoy Davenport and Glendon Pinn voted in favor. Tom Richardson was absent.

County administrator Don Gill highlighted comments from last month’s public hearing. Among the items considered are limiting occupancy by the Virginia Health Department septic permit or Certificate of Occupancy only and removing the 10-person limit; changing the 240-night maximum on the number of rented nights; and possibly increasing the amount of required general liability insurance from its current $500,000.

Gill added that county attorney James Cornwell advised they remove the verification of short-term use being allowed by deed or homeowners association and instead add it to the conditions of the special exception application.

The commission decided to remove….

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