Avalon votes March 12 on resort house ordinance

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AVALON — Borough officials want to control weddings, retreats, family reunions and other large gatherings at rental properties.

On March 12, Borough Council was expected to vote on an ordinance that regulates big events at residential properties, also known as resort houses.

In 2013, several 48th Street residents urged borough officials to address noise, trash and other issues that come from large gatherings held at an Avalon home.

Borough officials took up the problem, and last year met with members of the public and businesses to gather their comments. Borough Council introduced the ordinance Feb. 12.

“Basically, the borough wants to prevent a home in a neighborhood being advertised and used as a business with hotel-style amenities and services,” Avalon spokesman Scott Wahl said in an email Monday.

The proposed ordinance defines resort homes as being used, maintained, marketed, promoted and/or advertised as a destination location available for rent, lease or sub-lease for weddings, retreats, family reunions, parties and meetings.

The proposed ordinance states that the intrusion of hotel, motel, resort houses and other commercial uses in residential areas would substantially and permanently hurt the character and quality of life in Avalon.

Under the proposed ordinance, resort homes will be restricted to the hotel-motel zone. As many as 24 people can stay at the resort houses, according to the proposed ordinance.

“Before the development of the ordinance, the borough reached an agreement with the owner of the house in question to address some of the neighborhood disruptions at the house. They included noise, trash, large parties on a weekly basis, and other issues,” Wahl said.

Borough Council is expected to hold a public hearing and adopt the proposed ordinance Wednesday, March 12. The meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. in the meeting room of the Municipal Building on Dune Drive and 32nd Street.

Borough Council President Dave Ellenberg did not immediately respond to an email for comment Monday.

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