Town nearing final draft of short-term rental regs
GRANBY — After months of workshops delving into potential regulations for short-term rentals in Granby the town’s board of trustees may soon adopt a new regulatory framework for the unique lodging accommodations.
Tuesday afternoon the town of Granby held a public workshop to discuss a series of potential regulations related to short-term rentals the town is considering implementing. According to Granby Town Manager Aaron Blair Tuesday’s workshop was the fifth workshop the town has held on the topic.
Blair said he intends to seek direction from the town board at their upcoming Feb. 12 meeting regarding the next step in the process. Blair said the board could direct him to hold additional public workshops on the issue or ask that he bring a final draft of the proposed regulations for consideration by the trustees.
Granby is currently considering two different regulatory frameworks for short-term rentals in the community. The two regulatory frameworks can be viewed by the public by going to the town’s website and clicking on the “Planning, Zoning & Economic Development” section on the “Departments” tab. On that page readers will find drafts of the two short-term rental regulation options. To view the most recent updates be sure to click the links to the updated drafts from Jan. 22.
“We currently have two drafts out there but we have narrowed it down and are mostly focused on draft two, which is more in line with what Grand County has in place,” Blair said. “There is still more work to do on it. It may change still. But as far as fee structures go we are pretty close to the county.”
Blair said the town is still in the fact finding portion of the process and is still gathering public feedback on the issue. Overall, Blair said most citizens who have attended the public workshops on the issue have been short-term rental owners “who are more curious about how regulations may affect them.”
“We have also had a handful of people who live here year round who feel like they are being affected by short-term rentals in a negative fashion,” Blair said. “We have been listening to both sides and molding our regulations based on feedback. I think we are getting to the point where all parties will be happy with where we are headed.”
The town board also approved during the meeting a change in the permitted uses allowed in the town’s highway general business zone. The new town code now allows for single-family dwellings and multi-family dwellings as permitted uses in the highway general business zone. Previously both single and multi-family dwellings were allowed only as conditional uses in the highway general business zone, requiring a conditional use permit from the town.
Blair said the change was made because of concerns raised by property owners on a small section of East Agate Avenue, also known as Grand County Road 60. The section in question, stretching from North Eighth Street to the Grand Living Senior Homes and including a few properties west of North Eighth and north of Jasper Court, could potentially encounter problems due to the permitted uses in the highway general business zone.
“We had three property owners over there who were either trying to refinance or sell their homes,” Blair said. “It could be troublesome if the homes there burned down completely. We determined we could do this and that it would be better for development long-term. It allows for more flexibility.”
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