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West Donegal Considers Regulations for In-Home Lodging Booked Online

Roger Snyder got another year as chairman of the West Donegal Township supervisors and Douglas Hottenstein got another year as vice chairman as part of the township’s annual organization meeting required by state law. When selecting supervisors’ areas of interest, Snyder got zoning, Hottenstein got roads, Phil Dunn got administration, John Martin II got parks and Eric Kreider got information technology.

At the meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, Hottenstein, Kreider and Martin were selected for a one-year term on the Northwest Regional Lancaster County Police Commission. The commission supervises the police force that serves both West Donegal and Mount Joy townships; this year, it consists of three West Donegal Township supervisors and two Mount Joy Township supervisors. In even-numbered years, it consists of three Mount Joy Township supervisors and two West Donegal Township supervisors.

Supervisors decided to advertise a proposed high tunnel ordinance. High tunnels, also known as hoop houses, are unheated greenhouses used to extend growing seasons. Township Manager John O. Yoder III said the township needs to revise its storm water ordinance because of a new state law regulating high tunnels.

Supervisors also discussed a possible ordinance regulating lodging in private homes booked online via websites such as Airbnb, but took no action. Neighboring Elizabethtown Borough already has an ordinance regulating that sort of lodging.

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