Although many still await the 'definition of the STR problem', it was the consensus of the STR Work Group and the voters that unregulated vacation rentals and codification of the legality of them as they currently operate, was a non-starter. As a group, we strove for a middle ground that would accomplish the most good for the community while doing the least harm to property owners, business owners and town finances. That has always been the goal of Nantucket Together and I believe we have worked with our fellow STRWG members to put forward a set of integrated bylaws that:
We all benefited from the advice of Town Counsel and a Zoning Consultant as we learned how to best utilize the specific strengths and characteristics of zoning and general bylaws, joining them in a package that will result in them all passing or all failing together. There are some separately voted options explained in the final report to the town (See our REPORTS page) but the general and zoning bylaws must both path by their required majorities (2/3 for zoning and simple majority for general bylaws) for any of them to go into effect.
Let's not forget that the registry and fines/loss of license for nuisance violations for irresponsible STR operators is already law but the town is not helping the cause by still failing to get the registry up and running by November 2022.....then June 2023.
But the holy grail is the codification of the century old practice of traditional vacation rentals and the means to achieve that requires passage of the linked bylaws. Nantucket Together will be supporting public outreach on each and every one of the bylaw package components so voters will understand and be better informed in their choices in the fall.
Nantucket Together is in full support of the STR Bylaw package adopted by 7 of the 9 members of the STRWG and they can be seen at the link below.
Nantucket Together continues to support the traditional model of family operated STRs as currently (and with the the passage of the STR package in November) regulated by the town.
We also support:
And most importantly, we look to eliminate the neighbor-vs.-neighbor acrimony related to vacation rentals and the commercialization of Nantucket neighborhoods.
• Many of our supporters are previous islanders who moved off for a job, a marriage, or to care for a loved one. But they still return every summer and many hoped to retire on island. Any discriminatory practice against part-time residents presents a threat to their ability to maintain their home.
• If you gave your home to your children and they ever need to move away for a period or time, we do not want to restrict their ability to maintain income to support the home.
• If you intend to retire to warmer climes in the winter as part of your retirement plan and rent your Nantucket home when you are away we want to protect your future right to rent.
• If you own a second property on the island or have a cottage on the same property as your permanent residence, your right to rent should not be taken away.
Contact your local neighborhood and civic associations to spread the word and elevate your concerns about how STR restrictions could hurt homeowners and the Nantucket economy.
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