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Village denies fourth moratorium exception request

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees has denied another application for an exception from the village’s current moratorium on the issuance of new short-term vacation rental permits.

The village board on Monday, Aug. 1, denied its fourth moratorium exception application from New Jersey resident Justina Deitz, who owns a condominium on 12 Harbor Lane. Deitz had previously been renting her condo as an STR without a permit.

The village board denied Deitz’s application because she said in her application and a public hearing last month that the moratorium hadn’t caused her “practical difficulty or financial hardship,” the two standards the board uses for granting a variance.

The village’s moratorium is set to end on Sept. 30 unless the village board decides to extend it. Village Mayor Art Devlin said recently that the village board doesn’t have plans to extend its moratorium, but that board members “aren’t ruling it out.” The moratorium started on March 14, which gave the village a more than six-month period to consider new STR regulations while the issuance of new STR permits was paused.

The village is currently working through a series of special meetings to discuss new STR regulations. The next meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 in the North Elba Town Hall. People can attend the meeting virtually at https://meet.goto.com/lpv.

Village Clerk Anita Estling said the village hadn’t received any more variance applications as of Tuesday, Aug. 2. While the village would still accept the applications, Estling said she’d be surprised to receive another one considering the time it would take for the village board to hold a public hearing and vote on the application. It’s typically taken at least a few weeks from the time the board schedules public hearings for variance applications to the time the board makes its final decision.