Grand Haven Planning Commission working on short-term rental regulations

Grand Haven short term rental concerns

GRAND HAVEN, MICH. - Grand Haven is the latest lakeshore community responding to the popularity of short-term property rentals.

It's easy for homeowners in any community to post their property for rent on sites such as AirBnB and VRBO.

Especially if those homes are in beach towns like Grand Haven.

The Grand Haven Planning Commission is considering new rules for regulating short-term rentals.

"We have about 270 short-term rentals," said Jennifer Howland, Grand Haven Community Development Manager. 

The city has been working on the proposed new regulation for several months.

Howland says after hearing from residents the planning commission may be close to deciding on what new rules and regulations will be passed on to the City Council for review.

"For every reason to not have short-term rentals there is a reason to allow them," said Howland.

Lakeshore communities are handling short-term rental regulation in different ways.  

In Ludington rentals must be at least 28-days, weekly rentals are prohibited.  

In North Muskegon a committee is currently working to define and develop short-term rental regulation.  

Muskegon doesn't have an ordinance regulating short-term rentals. 

Spring Lake Township has a new ordinance that limits homeowners to 14 days of rental in no more than two separate periods and limits the number of renters to 12 at one time. 

"I think that is what this process is all about, trying to balance both sides," said Howland. 

The proposal under consideration by the Planning Commissions would not restrict the number of times a property could be rented out in a year. It would require new short-term rental properties complete a special use process which would notify neighbors. And also set parking space requirements and requite new short-term rental properties have a maintenance inspections. 

The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. 

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