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Geneva City Council moves forward with short-term rental policy

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A unanimous decision on Wednesday night by the Geneva City Council moves forward a proposal to implement comprehensive regulations for short-term rentals in the city, properties typically leased for periods not exceeding 30 days.

The Finger Lakes Times reports the proposed ordinance, shaped under the guidance of new Planning Director David West and city staff, includes stipulations ranging from a mandatory special use permit and off-street parking requirements to an occupancy limit of 10 persons and a restriction on the number of bedrooms that can be rented.

In addition, the rules prohibit hosting events like weddings or bachelor parties, set “quiet hours” between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., and mandate adherence to city noise ordinances. Properties in violation could face penalties, and consistent breaches may lead to license revocation.

The decision does not finalize the ordinance; instead, it allows for potential modifications during an upcoming council meeting.

With the regulations still under review, city officials aim to lay down a foundational framework, acknowledging the need for possible adjustments in the future.