When Edgartown residents head to town meeting this April, they will vote on proposals ranging from emergency South Beach restoration to a controversial party bylaw.

The town will hold a combined special and annual town meeting on April 9. The special town meeting warrant contains 10 articles and the annual warrant comes in at 99, making for one of the largest town meeting dockets in recent memory, town administrator James Hagerty said Monday. Last year’s quorum was set at 222, and Mr. Hagerty expected this year’s to be about the same. The town’s total operating budget this year comes in at $46.5 million, up $3.8 million from last year’s budget.

Major articles in the special town meeting warrant include over $1 million in repairs to South Beach, Norton Point and Atlantic Drive, which were all severely damaged in January’s winter storms; $130,000 to replace the town hall sewer line; and $200,000 in additional funding to continue restoration of the Edgartown Lighthouse. Last year, the town approved over $450,000 for lighthouse repairs.

On the annual town meeting warrant, the biggest ticket items include $1.5 million towards the town’s purchase of the former Land Bank property at 167 Main street, $4.87 million to update the town’s wastewater treatment facility, and $500,000 for the planned Meshacket affordable housing project, among other initiatives. The town is also looking to increase staff wages, particularly for highly competitive seasonal positions, and will vote on two ballot questions to raise the tax rate to pay for the Land Bank property and to replace two sewer force mains on Chase Road.

After some pressure from housing advocates, the affordable housing committee has proposed raising the town’s short-term rental tax from 4 per cent to the maximum allowed 6 per cent. The select board has also proposed that 25 per cent of short-term rental revenue go towards a capital stabilization fund for major projects down the line.

The town will also consider up to 10 new proposed zoning bylaws limiting fractional ownership and the size of private residences and guest houses, and relaxing regulations on multi-unit dwellings, mixed-use development and staff housing. The planning board has yet to vote on all 10 bylaws, but if approved they will appear on the warrant this spring.

One of the more controversial articles involves a proposed limit on events at private residences, after neighbors complained that a house off Edgartown-West Tisbury Road was throwing too many large parties. The proposed bylaw was hotly debated in a public hearing in January and, after some amendments, will be considered at another public hearing March 11. Overall, residents in attendance criticized the bylaw for not going far enough to limit frequent, large gatherings in residential zones.

The amended bylaw proposes capping private events to just two events of over 50 people per month, and five large events per year. To host events beyond those parameters, the updated bylaw allows the homeowner to apply for a special event permit with the select board. If passed, the ordinance would be the first of its kind in the state, Mr. Hagerty said, although it was modeled after a similar bylaw in a Long Island. Its singularity could open the bylaw up to legal challenge from the Attorney General’s office if passed.

“It’s not commonplace in the state of Massachusetts,” Mr. Hagerty said. “We tried to meet in the middle and add some subjectivity.”

While residents will get a chance to further amend the proposal at the public hearing next week, Mr. Hagerty said the bylaw is open to further changes directly on the Old Whaling Church floor.

Regardless, Mr. Hagerty expects residents to engage in passionate discussion come April.

“It’s going to be a long meeting,” he said.