How does your zoning language deal with rental cabins?
My county is extremely rural (a large chunk of it is National Forest land) and rental cabins are becoming more prevalent. I just had one of our local rental cabin owners (Cabin Guy A) come in to discuss expanding his cabin business. The Planner here when he began the project looked at them like rental housing (which I can understand) and was fine with the Residential Zoning. The Cabin Guy A did try and go through a rezoning process and was told multiple times he did not need to (even tried to get commercial taps for the water lines).
We have a new gentleman (Cabin Guy B) up the road from these cabins beginning to build his own. The Planner here when he began HIS project made him rezone and is making him apply for a CUP for "Motel/Hotel" (which again, I can understand). I know allowing the Cabin Guy A to build his new ones without rezoning will only have Cabin Guy B come in here screaming about it, but I don't see how its fair to have the Cabin Guy A rezone, and I can't really change any process that Cabin Guy B has already gone through.
In the end, the planner during Cabin Guy A's beginning probably should have looked at a moratorium on the cabin development till they could have added in a specific use to our table, but they did not. It should have been a simple thing to see that this issue would just get bigger over the next few years, being that a all of of our tourism relies on the Forest and we have NO rental facilities (Seriously, there is one hotel in the whole county). Our Conditional Use table is EXTREMELY lacking (consisting of just 22 named uses), so its incredibly frustrating to have things like this happen.
What would you recommend? How does your language address this?