Economic Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:37 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:55 PM

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Tony Economou
Councilor Sarai Rivera
Councilor George J Russell

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Tony Economou Councilor George J Russell
Also:Councilor Gary Rosen; City Solicitor David M. Moore; Chief Development Officer Michael Traynor; Director of Planning & Regulatory Services Stephen Rolle; Director of Inspectional Services John Kelly; City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk

Communications of the City Manager


Transmitting informational communication relative to information concerning how the City’s draft ordinances addressing the negative aspects of short-term bedroom rentals collaborates with legislation at the state level and who becomes the overriding authority as the legislation moves forward. # 8.13B CM November 15, 2016


Andrew Kalloch, New York, New York resident
Sarah Gustafson, Worcester resident
Jo Hart, Worcester resident
Deborah Martin, Worcester resident
Tanya Costa, Worcester resident
Michael Parent, Worcester resident
Richard Leduc, Worcester resident

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager report to City Council whether or not a change of use, for the purpose of a short term accessory rental at a residential or mix use properties, could result in making this rental space applicable to taxes that are imposed on businesses.

Request City Manager report how rentals to a non-family members whose stay is longer than thirty days in residential homes are regulated.

Request City Manager report how ADA compliances are or are not applied to short term accessory rentals in residential homes and does this application conform to fair housing laws.


Transmitting informational communication relative to two (2) draft city ordinance amendments designed to address the negative aspects associated with the short-term rental of bedrooms in otherwise single family dwelling units. # 16a CC September 06, 2016


Recommend Hold


Transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion concerning possible restrictions in the exercise of eminent domain. # 8.13A CM June 21, 2016


Recommend Hold