Discussion of a new short-term rental ordinance for the town is on the agenda for the select board's meeting Monday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m.

The draft of the ordinance places a limit on the number of non-owner-occupied short-term rentals (STRs).

Those who already have short-term rental businesses may be grandfathered as long as they are not in violation of neighborhood rules and they have off-street parking, which is firmly required for all short-term rentals in the town.

"Future STRs must be addressed by the Planning Board if they are a Conditional Use (in more concentrated zoning districts), providing opportunity for neighbors to support or object to further concentration of STRs in their neighborhood," an overview in the packet states. "In other zoning districts not likely to affect neighbors, future STRs are Permitted Uses."

All of the rentals must be registered with the town and there is a $50 fee. Code Enforcement Officers may inspect the properties.

Non-owner-occupied short-term rentals have to be rented for a minimum of seven consecutives nights or stay vacant the full seven nights after the renter has departed after a shorter visit.

The ordinance also includes limits on the number of persons per room.

"This first draft of the Short-term Rental Ordinance was developed after listening to Select board member comments and concerns as well as the various concerns and comments from citizens in the fall 2019 workshop, the spring 2020 workshop and email comments received previously," the select board meeting packet document states.

"It is important to note that this is the first draft, and the Select Board and public will be seeing this work product for the first time."

"This document was drafted by Ordinance Review Committee (ORC) member Bob Hall, the ORC’s Select Board liaison Denise Munger with assistance from Select Board Chair Debra Hall; each of these individuals are attorneys with expertise in drafting regulations and laws."

"At the Nov. 9 Select Board meeting, the draft will be presented to the Select Board for discussion. The public has been invited to attend this meeting in person so that they can easily hear the Board members comments on the draft and potentially offer comments as well.

"It is expected that there will be future meetings and/or workshops to continue to refine this document. This is by no means a final document, but a good starting point that has attempted to weigh all of the various comments and concerns on the subject of short-term rentals in Rockport."