LAKE PLACID — The Village of Lake Placid’s moratorium on issuing new short-term vacation rental permits has been extended through Dec. 31, but only for residential areas of the Village.
The Village STR moratorium for all zoning districts began in March and was due to end at the end of this month. The Village Board on Monday voted to extend the moratorium for Residential Areas – which includes areas classified as City Residential, Village Residential and South Lake Residential in the Village – until the end of the year as they continue to work through the process of drafting new STR regulations.
The Village STR Moratorium will be lifted on September 30 for properties in the Village Center, Gateway Corridor and Old Military Road Corridor. Village officials said they do not anticipate major changes to STR regulations in these areas and believe the moratorium should be lifted there.
The village council held a public hearing on Monday for the partial extension of the STR moratorium, and no one from the public commented specifically on the extension.
The village released its first draft proposed STR bylaw earlier this month, which shows that village officials are considering ending the issuance of new non-accommodated STR permits in residential areas. The village’s draft STR bylaw is available on the village’s website at tinyurl.com/4yn253tf.
90 day limit
A few people made comments at the regular village board meeting about the day limits on rentals in the village. Village officials said earlier this month they were proposing to keep the day limits on hosted and non-hosted rentals in the new STR law as they are in the current law — 90 days for both types of rentals. However, the current Village STR law states that people with a hosted tenancy are exempt from the 90-day limitation. Village administrator Jackie Kelly said village officials were unaware of the exemption in law until last week.
Tom Rath, who said he has a rental hosted in town, asked the council to stick to the day limit exception for hosted STRs. Kelly said the village council plans to revisit discussions about day limits for lodged rentals once village mayor Art Devlin returns from Italy, where he is currently taking the World University Games torch from the FISU to bring her back to the United States. Kelly said there was a chance the village could consider exempting rentals housed in residential areas of the village from the daytime limitations.