Northumberland County’s planning commission continued to struggle with “tourist homes” at its meeting in Heathsville Thursday night.
For years, the short-term renting of homes primarily to vacationers caused no difficulties in the county but then, in 2010, a legal opinion from County Attorney Les Kilduff, indicated that they should be allowed only as conditional uses. Since then, numerous applications for permits have gone through public hearings before the Board of Supervisors could vote on whether to grant the permits. Some have been granted, others not.
In an effort to streamline the process, the county’s staff was directed to develop a set of conditions which, if met, would allow the permits to be granted administratively rather than after a public hearing. That idea went nowhere and, Thursday night, the Planning Commission considered new draft ordinances that might streamline the process. The county staff proposed separating different sorts of short term rentals into “tourist homes” and…
—Read the full story in the May 21 edition of the Northumberland Echo!