The Town of Greensboro’s Planning Commission (GPC) has posted four additional documents on the Town’s official website following our email earlier this week, one of which makes a significant change in the GPC’s proposed Short-Term Rental (STR) bylaw by removing the one week minimum rental period in favor of a new minimum rental period of three nights from June 15th to September 15th for Caspian Lake properties. All other parts of the STR bylaw (fees, application requirements and DRB submissions) remain substantially the same.
Those four documents (itemized below) are available at https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/ under the heading GPC Supplemental Documents for Meetings 2021. The Greensboro Association (GA) strongly advises that all members review these documents, as well as those covered by our email of December 17 entitled New Greensboro Zoning Proposals You Should Know About .
The GA is advised that the GPC may vote on the proposed new bylaws as early as the GPC’s next scheduled meeting on January 13, 2021 (Wednesday afternoon 3:30 p.m. *NOTE TIME CHANGE*). That meeting will be held via Zoom and interested members of the public are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to submit questions and offer comments.
We advise that all GA members take the time to review these new draft zoning proposals promptly and submit comments or concerns in writing to the GPC at [email protected] by January 13, 2021.
The GPC will post the Zoom link for the January 13, 2021 meeting at https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/
The GPC’s four supplemental postings are:
Proposed Short-Term Rental Bylaw, draft, 1.13.2021: This is a revised draft of the GPC’s proposed new rental bylaw. It establishes a new minimum rental period of three nights during the period of June 15th to September 15th, and no minimum rental period outside of those dates. The proposed one-rental-per-week requirement (which would have required a property to remain vacant for the remainder of the week if rented for less than a week) has been dropped. We expect further revisions to this draft by the GPC.
The Rationale of a Greensboro Short-Term Rental Bylaw 1.13.2021: This 12-page report carefully notes that it has been prepared by a subcommittee of the GPC “to inform the Greensboro community of [the] rationale for a proposed bylaw to manage short term rentals” and “may not necessarily reflect the unanimous view of the entire” GPC.
Zoning Application for STR, draft, 1.13.21: This is a draft of the proposed two-page application that property owners would have to complete and submit to the Town in order to obtain a permit to rent their property for short term rentals aggregating more than 14 days total.
State of VT Short-Term Rental Safety, Health and Financial Obligations, 1.13.2021: This is the State form that property owners would have to complete and submit to the Town (and also post within their property) in order to obtain a permit to rent their property for short term rentals aggregating more than 14 days total.
The Greensboro Association views its role to inform our membership of these potential zoning changes, and to provide contact information if individuals wish to weigh in on the process to the Greensboro Planning Commission. We do not have a gatekeepers role nor do we wish to vet public comments which properly should be made directly to the GPC. Consequently, we have made the decision not to continue to post comments on our site. We urge anyone who has an opinion, concern or comment (pro or con) regarding the pending draft zoning proposals to express it via email, mail or in person to the GPC using the contact information provided above. Thank you.