The SLRD seeks your thoughts on short-term rentals – Survey live until March 7

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Board and staff are seeking your input on short-term rentals in the SLRD.

At the January 30, 2019 SLRD Board meeting, the Board requested a survey be conducted in order to gain community input into the Board’s direction regarding short-term rentals.

You input will help shape the Board’s future direction on short-term rentals within the SLRD.

Currently, the SLRD Board are considering banning short-term rentals, unless they’re offered by a zoned Bed and Breakfast, which means the dwelling must have final inspection/building permit, host fewer than 8 guests and be operated where the owner lives on-site. Enforcement would remain complaints-based.

Please take 10 minutes to share your input on this topic.

The deadline to participate in the survey is March 7, 2019.

Take the survey HERE>>

Background

via SLRD.bc.ca

SLRD Electoral Directors and Staff have been receiving an increasing number of complaints associated with illegal short-term nightly rentals. The number of illegal short-term nightly rentals also continues to grow. Additionally, SLRD staff and community members have voiced concerns about long-term impacts to neighbourhood character and rental housing availablity/affordability.

Amendment Bylaws 1607-2018, 1608-2018, 1609-2018, and 1610-2018 propose the following approaches:

Bed & Breakfast Approach – Zoning related

  • Those that have permitted traditional bed and breakfast operations would be zoned to include bed and breakfast use.
  • New bed and breakfast operations would apply for a zoning amendment (similar to the way that member municipalities deal with bed and breakfast zoning).
  • The rezoning process would ensure traditional bed and breakfast operations are only taking place in dwellings with a completed final building permit.
  • The rezoning process would ensure traditional bed and breakfast operations have obtained the required Change of Use Permit to address fire and life safety concerns under the BC Building Code.
  • The rezoning process would help differentiate traditional bed and breakfast operations for short-term rental operations (the key distinction being that for traditional bed and breakfasts the property owner/resident is on site).

Short-Term Rental Approach- Zoning related

  • Clarify that this use is prohibited unless proper zoning is in place by adding a ShortTerm Rental prohibition section to each zoning bylaw.
  • New Short-Term Rental operations would apply for a zoning amendment, as per the August 29/30, 2018 SLRD Board resolutions.

Current Status

At the January 30, 2019 SLRD Board meeting, the Board requested a survey be conducted in order to gain community input into the Board’s direction regarding short-term rentals. Please complete the 10 minute survey to provide your input on this important topic. Input collected will be anonymous, with the intent to inform the SLRD Board and staff of community interests.

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