COOPERSTOWN – Before a crowd too large to be seated in the board room, village trustees this evening unanimously adopted a controversial short-term rental law, aimed at better controlling the spread of tourist accommodations.
Near the end of a self-imposed moratorium on short-term rentals, scheduled to last until March, the law is structured to discourage non-resident parties from investing in and renting out properties in Cooperstown.
“It seems like we’re just creating false barriers here,” said village resident Jim Potts, who said he owns one of the nine non-conforming rental properties.
“I hope the hypocrisy of the decision to allow [short term rentals] for one week, and not for the rest of the season, is not lost on anyone,” he said, referring to a provision allowing people to rent out their homes during Hall of Fame weekend.
After the public comment, Cooperstown Village Attorney Martin Tillapaugh declared, “I’ve worked for 21 different municipalities over the course of my career, and I’ve never seen a law with this much effort put into it. I do think it’s a fair law, and I think it’s sustainable.”
The unanimous vote followed.