There was standing room only at Golden Township’s Planning Commission meeting Tuesday evening, June 28 after the board invited residents to respond to recommendations for a proposed, stand-alone rental ordinance.

Planning commission member Michael Cook chaired the nearly two-and-a-half-hour meeting, and remained congenial and courteous throughout despite tension between those for and against the ordinance. Cook told the 100-plus people attending that the six-page ordinance has been in the works since 2010, in response to concerns of Floradale association residents about the impact of rental units on Silver Lake.

According to the proposed ordinance, the new regulations will provide for the public health, safety and welfare by ensuring short term rental units (30 days or less) meet township building, health, safety and zoning codes.

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