Pencil Sketch of Town Hall by Mary Ann Barr 2021

Pencil sketch by Mary Ann Barr 2021

The Town of Danby in New York

Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

Town Clerk Appointments 11am–6pm Mon–Fri
Town Clerk 607-277-4788
Town Court 607-277-0095
Town Court Hours Mon-Wed 8am-11am

View the Results of the Short Term Rental Survey

The following text was published in the June 2023 Danby Town News and written by David West, Danby Town Planner. 

In the Spring of 2023, the Town commissioned a survey of residents’ thoughts, attitudes, personal experience, and hopes and fears about short term rental of property in the town. The survey was specifically crafted to be as neutral as possible and not lead respondents to a particular outcome. The survey was mailed to every household and also shared online through Facebook and with links on the Town’s webpage. We received over 160 responses, which is an extremely good return for our community and gives a reasonable level of confidence that the results of the survey represent the perspective of the Town’s residents as a whole. A complete tabulation of results is can be viewed here.

The overall impression of the results shows a few things. First, the number of people who believe that short term rentals should be banned entirely is extremely low, and the number of people who would prefer no regulations is slightly higher than the number of people who think there should be some regulations. On this question the margin of error is greater than the difference between the two groups but it’s safe to say it’s close to half-and-half with a bias towards no regulations. Among those who want regulations, the responses showed that many more people were comfortable with light requirements, like registering with the Town, while few were interested in strict rules such as limiting the number of days a property can be rented. The Town Board got a first glimpse of the results on May 17th and appointed a committee of Leslie Connors, Steve Weissburg, representatives from the Planning Board, and Planner David West to get together and discuss the next steps that the Town would take.

Below is a series of graphs that put the results into a more digestible format. Please note that this presentation does not include data that was received after the deadline of May 10th. 

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The Town of Danby sits on the traditional & ancestral land of the Gayogoho:no’ (Cayuga Nation), one of the five nations to first form the Haudenosaunee. Indigenous peoples were largely forced out of Upstate New York by the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition in 1779. The land that would become the Town of Danby was a part of the Watkins and Flint Purchase, a 336,380 acre patent granted by New York State to numerous eastern investors in 1794. 

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