ROCKLAND — A panel that studied the issue of short-term rentals for more than a year will be making a report on its recommendations to the Rockland City Council Monday night, Dec. 6.

Short-term rental ad hoc committee Chair Callie Black will make the presentation to the City Council at the meeting that begins 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The presentation will be the same as one made by the committee on March 2, 2020, less than two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic led to the end of many committee meetings. The Council has not discussed the recommendations since that meeting, and the short-term rental committee has not met again since that session.

Black told councilors in March 2020 for the safety of people, the committee is recommending annual inspections for non-owner occupied short-term rentals and every other year for units where the owner lives there.

At a November 2019 meeting, committee member Fletcher Smith said inspections would not only make the community safer, but promote Rockland to visitors as a safe community.

Black said if the Council wants to raise the current cap on the number of non-owner occupied rentals, it should consider ways to protect neighborhoods by limiting the number per block, or require them to be 300 feet or so away from each other.

And, non-owner occupied rentals should be limited to no shorter than five nights, according to the recommendations.

The City Council voted in November 2018 to create the committee and appointed members the following month.

The City Council set a cap in February 2018 of 45 for non-owner occupied short-term rentals.