Northumberland County’s board of supervisors put an end to the debate about “tourist homes” at its Thursday night meeting. It also threw an unexpected curveball as it did so.
Based on their comments at a recent work session on the tourist home question, most of those at the meeting expected the supervisors to adopt an ordinance that put tourist homes into the same category with bed and breakfasts, which they did, and to create a new category of rental called “vacation rentals” that would be allowed by right in most zones so long as another home owned by somebody other than the rental property owner was not within 250 feet.
They didn’t do it.
Instead, they created the vacation rental category and made it a by-right use in all but business zones.
During the public comment period prior to the vote, a number of people asked the Supervisors to open the county to short term rentals, as had been the case until three years ago, when neighbors obtained a legal opinion saying that such rentals required a conditional use permit, and then objected to Pat Boone’s…
—Read the full story in the July 16 edition of the Northumberland Echo!