K’hook village ponders short-term rental law

KINDERHOOK–Mayor Jim Dunham presented the Village Board with a proposed zoning law on short-term rentals at the Wednesday, March 13 village meeting.

Village Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Glenn Smith had asked the board to review some sort of village regulations on short-term rentals, like the ones offered on the website Airbnb. At the January board meeting, Mr. Smith told the board he looked at the Airbnb website and there are several short-term rental options offered in the village.

“I don’t want to eliminate them, I just want them to be inspected,” he said at that meeting.

Mr. Smith was not at the March meeting, but Mayor Dunham proposed a law that he wanted the village attorney to review. He said the wording would define a short-term rental as a rental unit rented for less than 30 days at a time. Mayor Dunham said the property owner would have to get a special use permit.

The mayor said he also had looked at the Airbnb website and found three rentals in the village.

“I don’t find them a problem,” he said.

The board was concerned about tenants exceeding capacity in a home. In the past, Mr. Smith had talked about stress that rental units can put on the village water and sewer systems, and that he wanted to inspect the units.

Mr. Dunham said that there would be wording in the code so that Mr. Smith could “do occasional checks” on the property.

To change the village zoning law there will have to be public hearing. Mayor Dunham said that he wanted to have the village attorney and the Planning Board review this proposed short-term rental law.

Also at the meeting:

• The board heard from the village Fire Department about their need for new members. “It’s real tough to convince people to devote time,” said Fire Captain Larry Eisen

• Mayor Dunham said that construction should start on the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail in April. The state funded 35-mile long walking and biking trail will have a section in the village. The village is looking at lowering the speed limit on Sunset Road from 30 mph to 25 mph, since part of the trail will have walkers and bikers on the road in that section. He said the village would need to do a traffic study

• The village is hosting a public workshop on the Kinderhook and Valatie recreational study on use of the creek. The workshop will be Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street. There is information on the village website.

The next board meeting will be Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

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