Yogi Berra once so famously observed, “This is deja vu all over again.” Well, here we go again, the vast majority of Lake Bluff Village property owners must deal with a situation where a handful of property owners, who in conflict with present zoning ordinances, wish to engage in short term rentals of either part of, or the complete home, through Airbnb or services like it.
This has the feel of the No3On3 matter several months ago regarding building structures that clearly were in conflict with current zoning ordinances. If you recall, we went through some sort of Kabuki dance with the PCZBA over the issue until finally the Village Board of Trustees just killed the plan.
We are at it again. The only question, will the vast, and I mean vast, majority who want no, zero, Airbnb type short term rentals, prevail against a couple of people who want them. Once again, we see many “No Hotels Next Door” signs around the Village, but zero “We Want Hotels Next Door” signs.
In response to the vast majority who want no Hotels Next Door, the PCZBA is crafting rules to control what is not wanted. It is appreciated that rules are needed, but what is wrong with a set of rules that says we do not want any Airbnb types of short term rentals, and none will be tolerated, including discouraging penalties. So, let’s make certain, whatever rules are developed, are seen and enforced as an unconditional restriction, no ambiguities. Thirty days minimum is not unambiguous, ninety days or more sends the proper message, Airbnb’s are not welcome in the Village residential neighborhoods.
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