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Home rentals, light industry mulled for village

LAKE GEORGE - As more and more homes in the village are being bought up to be converted into short-term rental properties, the village town board has decided to draft a law that would allow such a practice in particular zones in the village.The short term rentals, which mayor Robert M. Blais said has raised concern among some residents, will be prohibited in Single Family Residential zones, but allowed in areas with more inclusive use regulations, including Residential Mixed-Use, Commercial Mixed-Use, and Commercial Resort zones.Also, the board has decided to allow for light industrial operations to be sited in the village in Commercial Resort zones, or with limitations in Commercial Mixed-Use areas.On Oct. 4, the board set a public hearing on these two issues. The hearing is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 18, when a proposal on the dissolution of the village will again be considered.Now, short-term rentals of homes in not formally allowable in the village, as any land-use not specified in the village code book is technically prohibited, village clerk-treasurer Darlene Gunther said.The idea of allowing light industrial activity was raised last week when John Carr of the Adirondack Pub & Brewery said he'd like to start a modest beer bottling operation in the former laundromat directly behind a restaurant he owns, Moose Tooth Grill on Canada Street.

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