The topic of short-term rentals being restricted in certain Ocean City neighborhoods resurfaced this week during a discussion of an update to the town’s comprehensive plan.
In the proposed update, which had a hearing before the Ocean City Planning Commission this week and will soon be reviewed by the Mayor and Council, there is a section about objectives in regard to land use. One such goal stated is to, “identify single family areas with a high percentage of resident owners who may support the proposed R-1A district with limitations on short term seasonal rental use.”
That mention resulted in the Coastal Association of Realtors sending a letter to the Mayor and Council asking them to remove it from the update and instead allow the current process of education and licensing to continue as it’s been successful. For a variety of reasons outlined in its letter, CAR is requesting, “that R-1A and any other references to rental restrictions be removed from the Comprehensive Plan. We understand that this is only a planning document, but inclusion of this language opens the door to legislation that would essentially erase short-term rentals from single family neighborhoods.”