The Planning Division is responsible for the overall planning and policy direction for land development in the Township, this includes Official Plan and Zoning By-law administration, review and process of development applications and administration and recommendations for the Development Services Committee. This department advises Council regarding proposed changes to the Township's land use planning documents such as the Official Plan which sets out the general vision, goals and objectives for the Township; and the Township's Zoning By-law which implements the Official Plan policies through provisions, standards and setbacks for building use, location and size. The Planning Department also offers administrative and policy interpretation assistance to the
Development Services Committee. For additional information or questions please contact the Planning Division staff.
Short Term Rental Accommodations
The Township is currently completing a review on short term rental accommodations in the Township and conducting extensive research into the matter on other jurisdictions. Short Term Rental accommodations are defined in By-law 2018-071 as a dwelling or part of a dwelling that operates or offers three or more bedrooms as a place of temporary residence, lodging or occupancy by way of concession, permit, lease, license, rental agreement or similar commercial arrangement for any period of 30 consecutive calendar days or less throughout all or any part of the calendar year. Short term rental accommodations shall not mean or include a motel, hotel, bed and breakfast establishments, hospital or similar commercial or institutional uses.
In order to allow the time necessary to complete this review and for Council to consider land use planning policies and regulations related to Short Term Rental Accommodations, Council enacted an Interim Control By-law that prohibited any new Short Term Rental accommodations after July 18, 2018. A link to the Interim Control By-law is found under the Short Term Rental Accommodations.
Through 2017 and 2018, a number of concerns were raised by the community in relation to STRA’s including conflict with existing residential uses, noise, safety, parking, environmental, zoning, taxation, and enforcement etc.
In February 2019 Council approved staff report DS2019-020 and provided direction for Township staff to prepare land use planning and regulatory (licensing) documents for public consultation and Council consideration. Township Staff prepared a draft Licensing By-law that was discussed at the May 22, 2019 Council meeting; however the final licensing by-law will not be brought forward until the planning amendment documents are completed and available for public consultation. It is anticipated that a public meeting on these draft documents will be scheduled for late summer-early fall 2019.
To submit comments or inquiries to the Township regarding Short Term Rental Accommodations please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enforcement of short term rental accommodations is a land use matter and does not result in the issuance of a ticket, unlike parking enforcement. Enforcement of short term rental accommodation concerns, such as noise, parking, fireworks, would be subject to charges being laid by the Township's Municipal Law Enforcement Officers.
In order for the Township's Municipal Law Enforcement Officers to enforce and/or charge under the Township By-laws, Municipal Law staff are required to have documented evidence that a contravention of a By-law has occurred prior to proceeding. Unfortunately a number of complaints are received by Township staff after the fact and do not provide the Township staff the ability to gather the required evidence for proceeding with charges of a by-law infraction.
Should you have a complaint regarding a short term rental accommodation in relation to a possible contravention of a Township by-law, please contact Municipal Law Enforcement Staff at 705-487-2171.