SKANEATELES, N.Y. — The village of Skaneateles will hold a public hearing Tuesday on proposed changes to the village zoning codes that regulate short-term rental properties.
The debate over the use of short-term rental properties has been raging for nearly six months in Skaneateles, a village that attracts scores of tourists every summer.
Businesses that offer visitors an alternative to hotels are at the center of the debate. These businesses offer guests the ability to rent a luxury loft for the weekend, the week or more. But neighbors near these businesses have made complaints to the Skaneateles Village Board.
Now village leaders are looking at ways to regulate the rental properties, but the changes to the current law could ban some businesses and put others out of business.
Under the current zoning code, short-term rentals in commercial and downtown districts require a special use permit. Under the proposed zoning code change, the village will limit the number of permits approved.
In residential zones, the village code states that it is illegal to rent your property for less than 30 days. The village has vowed to enforce this law to the fullest.
The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Skaneateles Fire Station, which is located at 77 W. Genesee St., in Skaneateles.