For Immediate Release
February 19, 2021
Contact: Angel Matson, Public Information Coordinator
City of Bangor to hold listening sessions regarding short-term rentals
BANGOR, MAINE- The City of Bangor is considering regulation of short-term rentals in the City. As part of this process, the City is seeking public comment regarding any questions, concerns, or opinions from the community.
The City will hold two listening sessions via zoom and broadcast simultaneously on the City’s Facebook page. The first will be held Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. The second will be Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Zoom information is available on the City’s meeting calendar.
Background about this project was submitted to the Board of Economic Development and Planning Board on February 16, 2021. Follow this link to view recordings of those meetings.
For anyone who wishes to submit comments or questions but cannot attend the session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and those comments will be collected and submitted to the City Council as part of the documentation of the listening sessions. The City is also conducting a survey to garner feedback from residents, property owners, and other stakeholders. The survey can be found at bangormaine.gov/housing.
Short-term rentals are typically defined as residential units (a room, apartment, or entire dwelling) that are rented for less than 30 days. Sometimes these are used by tourists for a few days or a week, sometimes by traveling business professionals, among other uses. This discussion follows a recommendation from the Affordable Housing Workgroup in 2019 that the City look into this issue. That full report can be found here.
The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County. Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and service provider. For more information on City projects and news, see bangormaine.gov.