Avalon Borough Council unanimously approved an ordinance at its meeting Wednesday night that will restrict the location and activities of resort houses in the borough.

Under the terms of the ordinance, promotion of these houses to accommodate large weddings, parties and events is prohibited. Overnight occupancy is limited to 24 guests, and they must provide 1.5 parking spaces per room that can be used for overnight guests. The ordinance also restricts resort house operations to the borough’s designated hotel/motel zone.

“This new ordinance makes it very clear that Avalon will not tolerate large homes being operated as a hotel-style business in residential neighborhoods,” Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi said.

The ordinance defines a resort house as “a residentially styled structure that is used, maintained, marketed, promoted and/or advertised as a destination location available for rent, lease or sub-lease for a gathering of invited guests for functions and special events, including, but not limited to, weddings, retreats, family reunions, parties and meetings.”

Council President Dave Ellenberg said Borough Council has been at work on the ordinance for a few years as a means of curbing a trend of these resort houses disturbing Avalon’s residential neighborhoods.

Bed and breakfasts and traditional seasonal properties that do not accept more than 18 guests are exempt from this ordinance as they are not considered resort houses.

The ordinance is available online at avalonboro.net. It will take effect April 1.

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