Neighbors Worried About 2nd Lane Wanted For Airbnb | Local

GORHAM – The six neighbors of 6 Highland Ave., located behind J’s Corner restaurant on Main Street (routes 2 and 16), signed a letter that Meagan and Benjamin Poirier wrote and presented on Thursday, October 21 to the Planning Planche.

The eight signatories want the council, chaired by Paul Robitaille, to know that they believe the proposed additional driveway that the non-resident owners of 6 Highland Avenue would like to install “raises broad safety concerns in the neighborhood,” potential for increased traffic congestion, poor use of space by passing guests and material degradation of our small historic district.

The two story clapboard and shingle house has three bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs and a powder room downstairs. Highland Avenue is a small dead end street that is only 22 feet wide.

No.6 shares a driveway with one of its immediate neighbors and also has its own two-story, two-bay garage.

The Poiriers said the proposed new driveway is not only across from their own front door and driveways, but is also extremely close to their driveway where they park their vehicles.

The owners of 6 Highland Ave. – now known as Millstone Cottage – told them, the couple said, that their proposed new driveway is specifically – but not limited to – parking ATVs and snowmobile trailers. These owners advertise short-term rentals on Airbnb for up to 10 people, up from eight originally.

Les Poiriers wrote: “There is no guarantee of courtesy or adequate level of experience in the safe maneuvering of trucks and trailers.”

The proposed action by Airbnb owners, who have owned the property since August, will erode the aesthetic integrity of the neighborhood and pose significant safety concerns for children, pets and property, according to the Poiriers.

Other people who have shown their support by signing the letter include Judy Baker, Patricia Stolte, Haywood and Sara Herriot, as well as Deborah and Louis Dupuis.

Mike Waddell, who represents elected officials on the planning board, said he did not see anyone who would experience difficulty if a decision on the matter was delayed.

Staff at the board of directors and the municipal office did not have time to tackle the phase of regulating short-term rentals, he said. The action of the town hall in March gave the green light to allow the rental of housing for transitional use for up to 120 days over a period of one year.

Waddell has pledged that the board will move forward to propose rules and hold a public hearing in late November or early December.

Meanwhile, Waddell crafted a motion that was passed unanimously demanding a number of specific changes be made to the property map submitted by Airbnb owners.

Waddell also assured residents of Highland Avenue that the town would provide a ‘Dead End’ sign at the start of the street, in the hopes that this would drastically reduce trucks entering it, believing there would be a turnaround in front of the elevated lanes. . of the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad.

In other actions, Council voted unanimously to adopt updated forms intended to make it easier for members of the public to know what information is required when they appear before its members.

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