2012-06-15 / Community

Cape schedules public hearing

Short-term home rentals in Cape Elizabeth have divided residents who want to make a little extra income from residents who think the increased traffic and noise from partying renters isn’t worth the headache. On June 19, the town’s planning board will host a public forum to hear from both sides.

David Sherman, a member of Cape Elizabeth’s ordinance committee and the town council’s liaison to the planning board, said he expects to hear from both extremes at the hearing and thinks the planning board and, ultimately, the council, will decide on a solution somewhere between the two. Sherman added that the vast majority of people who rent their homes out on a short-term basis do so responsibly; he hopes town officials can arrive at a solution to address the noise nuisance while avoiding over regulating and taking away homeowners’ ability to earn income.

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