EASTON — Short-Term Rental Review Board Chairman Scott Kane took direction from the Talbot County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 13, regarding possible changes to the Talbot County Code prior to the board’s upcoming work sessions.
The first work session will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, a regularly scheduled meeting of the board. The second work session will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.
Both will be at the Talbot County Community Center, 10028 Ocean Gateway, and will be open to the public.
An additional work session may be held as required to consider potential revisions and updates to the its published rules of procedure and potential amendments to its enabling legislation, Chapter 190-63 of the Talbot County Code.
The revisions and updates are being considered to improve the functioning of the board, to improve the notice provisions for new and renewal applications to other homeowners, and to address inconsistencies between Sec. 190-33.20 and 190-63 of the code.
“If this council remembers, the Bill 1413, we let die the last time we were together, and there were some items in that resolution that the council wanted the short-term review board to look at, in particular how they handle correspondence, notices of community members at that point,” Talbot County President Corey Pack said.
Bill No. 1413 is a bill to amend Chapter 190 of the Talbot County Code (zoning, subdivision and land development) to establish that the building inspector conducting short-term rental inspections must be international code council certified; to clarify the process for providing notice of new license hearings; to make the definition of “short-term rental” consistent with the operating guidelines for short-term rentals set forth in section 190-33.20, which provide for a three-night minimum stay; and to make certain grammatical changes for ease of reading, as amended.
The public is encouraged to attend the work sessions. The board may choose to hear comment and testimony from the public at these meetings.
Public comment shall be at the discretion of the board and, if taken, may be limited by the board to fit the time allotted for the work sessions and to minimize redundant comments.
The public is encouraged to submit written comments to the board for consideration at these meetings. Written comment should be submitted by close of business on Aug. 20 to the Talbot County Department of Planning and Zoning, ATTN: Short-Term Rental Review Board, 215 Bay St., Suite #2, Easton, MD 21601.
“Our direction to the board should be to listen to the public and reflecting on the experience of your last seven months deliberating on these applications, proposed solutions to the process and time for us to enact before the next round of applications opens in January,” Councilman Pete Lesher said. “I’m glad that this process is rolling as quickly as it is, and if there is any part of this process is not working as well as it could, let’s hear about it.”
The board’s published rules of procedure and the board’s enabling legislation, Chapter 190-63 of the Talbot County Code, can be viewed on the Department of Planning and Zoning’s home page by visiting the county’s website at www.talbotcountymd.gov.
For more information, call the Talbot County Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-770-8030.
“We have been in place since the first of the year and we hear a lot of things,” Kane said. “Things are working very well, but we have found some things that aren’t working. We will work on that over the next two work sessions and come back to you with the information based on our thoughts and also the thoughts on other people. We are going to listen to people and bring our best thoughts to you to know which way we are going.”