County studies definitions in zoning code


CLINTON — Members of the county’s land use committee wrestled Monday to determine how to work vacation rental properties into the county’s ordinances.  The session was part of an overall review of Chapter 155 of the zoning code.

“I think we need a definition for how we’re going to determine our vacation rentals,” said committee chairman Terry Ferguson.

The committee discussed at earlier meetings the need for language that governed Airbnb’s.  The name “Airbnb” cannot be used explicitly in the ordinance because it is a registered trademark.

“We can’t call it an Airbnb,” Ferguson said.  “That’s a proprietary name.”

The term that might ultimately end up in the ordinance is “Vacation/Short-term Rentals” as discussed by the committee. 

Dee Rentmeister, the county’s administrative assistant and interim zoning administrator, said some counties were including vacation rentals under already-existing “Boarding House” headings temporarily.  She said lodging or meals or both currently are included under the boarding house definition.

• See the complete story in the Friday, June 17 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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