Williamsburg Notebook: EDA Elects Leaders, Council Considers Room Rentals

July 29th, 2011 by Amber Lester

wmsbrgnotebook2The Williamsburg Economic Development Authority will continue to be guided by Monty Mason, who was reelected as chairman last week. On Aug. 11, City Council will consider changing the city’s ordinance pertaining to room rentals in owner-occupied homes. Read on for more details.

Williamsburg EDA Elects Chairman, Vice Chairman

The Williamsburg Economic Development Authority re-elected Monty Mason as Chairman and elected Tom Gillman as Vice Chairman at its July 20 meeting.

Mason is a Senior Account Executive for Visa, Inc. and received his bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary in 1989. Gillman is president and chief executive officer of ESG International and earned a bachelor’s of science in engineering from Ohio State University, along with an MBA from William and Mary in 1993.

The EDA’s seven directors are appointed by City Council, but it is a political subdivision independent of the city. The EDA assists existing businesses, works to attract new businesses and markets the city as a premier business location.

Mason’s term expires June 30, 2015 and Gillman’s term expires June 30, 2012.

Council to Consider Room Rentals Aug. 11

The Williamsburg City Council welcomes public opinion on room rentals at its 2 p.m. Aug. 11 meeting in the Stryker Building.

Council will consider amending zoning regulations to possibly allow rental of bedrooms to two roomers in owner-occupied homes with administrative approval, as opposed to the existing Board of Zoning Appeals approval process. Council directed the Planning Commission to explore changing the existing ordinance in an effort to expedite the application process and also encourage more rentals in owner-occupied homes.

The Planning Commission agreed on July 20 to recommend allowing the rental of bedroom(s) to two roomers by administrative approval, but the commissioners were not completely convinced the change is necessary. Read about their deliberation here.

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