The Village of New Paltz believe in keeping public hearings open as long as it takes to get all the input they need before acting. Such is the case with the proposed law to regulate airbnb-style short-term rentals in the village limits. At its December 16 meeting, it was agreed that the hearing will be held open. Mayor Tim Rogers also announced some adjustments to the language to increase flexibility for homeowners.
According to the mayor, the proposal would now allow for someone living in a residential zone to rent on a short-term basis as often as desired; it was originally limited to three months total. Providing proof that it’s the primary residence would still be necessary, along with annual safety inspections. Residency is not a requirement in commercial and business zones in the village.
Deputy mayor KT Tobin expressed being swayed toward this change by testimony during the public hearing. Tobin reaffirmed that the intent of the law was to prevent non-resident investors from pushing up housing prices by purchasing homes to use solely for this purpose.