Follow the development of regulation of Short-Term Accommodations (STA’s) in Prince Edward County from the first steps in 2017 to present.
Based on a research report on the impact of STA’s in the County, staff presented several proposed amendments to STA licensing at the March 10th meeting of Council. The scope of changes proposed by staff was extremely limited and included: a requirement that all advertising for an STA include the County’s license number; stronger evidence of legal non-conforming use; cost sharing for appeals and mechanisms to respond more quickly to infractions. However, a majority of Councillors wanted to see more far-reaching change that would curtail the number of STAs. (See Item 7.1 in the Council minutes for March 10th. Staff were directed to consider a series of more restrictive options and to report back to Council no later than May 2022.
County publishes map of all STA’s which shows number doubled to 826.
Council approved a revised by-law for Short-Term Accommodations (STA’s). The focus of the by-law was to differentiate between Whole-Home, Owner-Occupied, and Bed & Breakfast types of STA’s to make it possible to apply different policies to each type. The immediate impact of the by-law was to lift the moratorium on new licenses for Owner-Occupied and Bed & Breakfast type STA’s, while the licensing suspension for Whole-Home STA’s will continue until Council receives a research report from McGill University on the impact of STA’s on the community. Over the longer run, the new by-law will potentially enable Council to treat each STA type differently. Whole-Home STA’s could be subject to a cap on the number of licenses in the future, while limitations on Bed & Breakfasts could be made less stringent.
Prince Edward County Council held a special Committee of the Whole meeting on February 18th to consider a staff report on how to move forward with STA licensing. In the end, Council voted to defer a decision into the indefinite future, meaning that the suspension of license applications for new STA’s remains in place. This is the second time that Council has deferred a decision of the issue in as many months.
Council puts STA licensing on hold, pending a staff review.
June 25th, 2019
Following the defeat of an amendment to exclude traditional B & B’s, Council approves licensing process, administrative penalties and property standards, fees and charges
Public meeting to present propsed STA licensing details attracts hundreds.
October 8, 2018
Council approved staff recommendation including an Official Plan Amendment establishing that STA’s are an allowable use, and a zoning-bylaw amendment spelling out requirements for licensing and zones where STA’s will be permitted. A key principle is that no more than 15% of dwelling in a given area can be STA’s,but grandfatheriing all STA’s in operation prior to October 8, 2018, meaning they will be eligible for a license even if there are more than 15% STA’s in their area.
Large public meeting held to consider staff recommendations for licensing.
Summer 2017-Summer 2018
Public consultation on the need for and nature of STA regulation. Multiple public meetings held for consultation. New, internet-based process implemented for public feedback. Consultant carried out study of how STA’s were being regulated in Blue Mountain, Oakville, Tofino BC and Ottawa and laid out options.
Council approves a report which acknowledges that many dwellings are being converted into Short-Term Accommodation (STA)’s and agrees in principle to regulation.