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MA - Nantucket voters shoot down short-term vacation rental restrictions, diversion of Land Bank funds

Nantucket voters on Saturday overwhelmingly rejected proposed restrictions on short-term vacation rentals, and a move to earmark a quarter of the Land Bank's annual revenue for affordable-housing initiatives.

Nantucket voters on Saturday overwhelmingly rejected proposed restrictions on short-term vacation rentals, and a move to earmark a quarter of the Land Bank's annual revenue for affordable-housing initiatives.

They did, however, approve more than $16 million in spending and borrowing capacity for affordable-housing projects, partially through debt-exclusion overrides that must still be approved at the June 15 Annual Town Election.

They also approved a ban on the commercial use of leaf-blowers, restrictions on the size and number of traffic signs, and the prohibition of pools on lots under 7,500 square feet in a number of zoning districts just outside the downtown district. A proposal to reestablish a park and recreation department and hire its director was also approved.

Town Meeting wrapped up at 5:53 p.m., after more than eight hours of discussion. Attendance topped out at 898 voters early in the day, with less than 150 still in attendance when it ended.

Short-term-rental restrictions

An amendment by ACK•Now, the political-action committee that proposed the short-term rental article, to exempt year-round property owners from the regulations, did not resonate with voters. The final vote was 625-297 to reject it.

The article would have established a local rental registry, and set strict limits on the number of days a home could be rented each year – 45 –  require minimum stays and restrict the number of people per bedroom and vehicles per property.


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