Below is a link to the Q&A put out by the town council this week and a link to the zoning map. Take the time to read it carefully.
The new, restrictive zoning laws will negatively impact every citizen, from born-and-bred local, to second-home owner, to business owner. Understanding these proposed changes is critical for everyone! (We have a brief summary here that only includes highlights of the law.)
As for the short-term rental restrictions, if you are a second home owner, work for a second home owner or work for or have a business that relies on tourism you have a lot to be concerned about.
In a nutshell, if you are a second homeowner you can only rent a STR if you are in one of the limited business or industrial areas, and you are only allowed to do so for 30 days annually.
The town council has made several small concessions and worded the FAQ to try to put a positive spin on the new laws, when in fact the new laws are so restrictive, it makes no sense for anyone to have a short term rental in the Town of Chatham, especially second home owners.
There will be a a PUBLIC HEARING on the overall New Proposed Zoning Laws at the Tri-Village Firehouse on Monday, July 1st at 6pm. Please attend and make your voice heard.