Glen Ridge Borough Council Tables Short-Term Rental Restrictions Amid Community Pusback

The recent meeting of the Glen Ridge Borough Council was dominated by debates concerning a proposed short-term rental ordinance, suggestions for regulating gas leaf blowers, and rising concerns about car thefts in the community. The council agreed to postpone the final passage of the short-term rental ordinance for further deliberation, in light of concerns voiced by residents.

The discussion was sparked off by concerns from council members about the potential consequences of the ordinance, which sought to prohibit short-term rental of housing for less than 30 days and required a short-term rental license. Councilmember Rich Law expressed apprehension about an increased turnover, while Councilmember David Lefkovits and Mayor Stuart K. Patrick insisted on the need for homeowners to reside in their properties in accordance with zoning regulations. The council debated the necessity of further revisions to the ordinance, considering new information and issues related to safety and property use.

The complexity of the short-term rental issue was underscored by differing perspectives from the public. One resident, a short-term rental property owner, argued that the ordinance would negatively impact their ability to rent out their property and affect families visiting the town. They proposed alternatives like implementing a vetting process for rental owners or imposing violations and fees on those who do not uphold community standards. Another resident echoed these sentiments, while a third resident urged the council to consider an ordinance regulating gas leaf blowers.

The council acknowledged the need for nuanced solutions and stressed the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of residents. As a result, they decided to table the ordinance for further review. Councilmember Law suggested that comments be sent via email for consideration.

On a different note, Borough Administrator Michael P. Zichelli brought attention to the recurring issue of car thefts, urging residents to lock their vehicles and not leave key fobs inside. He also thanked the police department for their efforts in the New Jersey Safe Routes to School program, which aims to improve pedestrian safety around the high school.

Other items on the agenda included the approval of claims and warrants, the setting of municipal office hours for 2023, and the passing of a resolution recognizing the importance of tobacco-free public and private work sites. The council also discussed and approved resolutions related to emergency work on a retaining wall in Tony Brook, the purchase of a new 2023 John Deere Gator by the public works department, and the Municipal Aids project, which involves the reconstruction of several local roads.

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Stuart K. Patrick
City Council Officials:
Rich Law, Peter A. Hughes, David Lefkovits, John Malyska (Borough Attorney), Deborah Mans, Rebecca Meyer, Ann Marie Morrow, Michael P. Zichelli (Borough Administrator), Tara Lyn Ventola (Clerk)

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