The municipality has initiated a study with respect to STAs. This is a result of the rapid growth of short-term accommodations in the community with the number if STAs now numbering over 600.
STAs are recognized as offering a range of benefits which include increased accommodation opportunities, local income generation and increased opportunity for local business and service providers.
At the same time, the municipality has experienced some issues related to STAs. In order to be proactive, the municipality has determined that it would be appropriate to conduct a review. That review has not pre-determined outcomes and is intended to allow for broad input from all interests. Should the review conclude that some form of regulation is necessary, it is intended that those regulations be arrived at through local consultation so that any proposal reflects the needs of the community.
The initiation of the study has led to a request to provide statistics on the complaints associated with STAs. The Township has gathered data, which is set out below, that indicates what some of the issues are. The data is however only generally reflective of the issues. The number of complaints does not include repeat offences (for example, if there are repeated noise complaints at a single location, the data collected lists it only as one complaint). The number of complaints do not include any complaints submitted to councillors or complaints where it was not specifically stated that it pertained to a STA or cottage rental. The data collected also relate to the municipalities current by-laws and processes. They do not address issues such as perceived loss of community character, or reductions in the availability of rental housing. Those types of issues have been identified anecdotally and in initial survey responses.
STAs are an issue many municipalities are dealing with, each for their own reasons and in regard to their own circumstances. The purpose of this review is to determine whether or not the municipality should regulate STAs and what the nature of such regulations would be. The objectives are to ensure that everyone is heard and that community needs are met with local input and solutions.
Complaint Numbers from 2017 to 2019
Number of complaints* - Complaint
11 - Fireworks
4 - Garbage
14 - number of people
16 - Noise
8 - Open-Air Fire
3 - Dogs at large or dogs left tied up outside
4 - Fouling/septic
9 - Number of vehicles parked in a driveway
3 - Septic
* not including repeat offences at the same location