Lake Burton Civic Association

Short Term Rentals Ordinance Update

A constitutional challenge has been filed with the Office of Clerk for Rabun County Superior Court against the commissioners’ scheduled second reading and potential Oct. 25 vote on the short-term rental ordinance amendments as unconstitutional; lacks a “grandfather” clause; and would negatively affect property owners in the county’s municipalities.

The legal filing was made by Clayton attorney C. Crandle Bray, P.C., on Oct. 20 against each of the county’s commissioners -- Greg James, chairman; Kent Woerner; Scott Crane; Tom Garrison; and Will Nichols. The filing comes two days after a voluntary public forum in the Rabun County Civic Center was hosted by Crane with Woerner joining.

Due to this challenge and the huge outcry from the public, the Commissioners voted to table the proposed ordinance. They are seeking more input from the community as they draw up another ordinance.