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Chatham officials change zoning law

Aug 23, 2019 2:30 pm
Parry Teasdale is reporting for The Columbia Paper the Chatham Town Board has removed some of the more controversial requirements contained in its proposed rewrite of town zoning laws to regulate short-term rentals. The board dropped the requirement that property owners offering short-term rentals to reside at the property for a minimum of 160 days a year. In place of the 160-day rule, the town would require those who wish to offer short-term rental accommodations to provide proof that the rental property is their primary residence. The change was approved by the board at a special board public session August 12, and announced by board member Michael Richardson at the town board meeting August 15. Richardson said there may be as many as 76 short-term rentals, like those marketed online by Airbnb, operating in the town of Chatham, although he cautioned that the actual number might be slightly different. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper