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Council approves STR moratorium

Monday, November 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

After quite a bit of back-and-forth about start dates and the proper placement of an asterisk, City Council approved a moratorium on short-term rentals at 1 a.m. during its Thursday meeting. Council voted to suspend issuance of Type 2 licenses for one year, with Council Member Ellen Troxclair voting in opposition. As amended, the moratorium will be in effect until March 2017 unless Council opts to extend it. During yet another lengthy discussion on the topic, Council determined that the ban would begin on Nov. 23, though it limited new license approvals to applications that were submitted prior to Sept. 17. The moratorium is intended to give the city some breathing room as it contemplates the bulk of the Short Term Rental Ordinance changes, which are now making their way to the Planning Commission.

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