Full house for nightly rentals meeting

fairways driveA public meeting to discuss the rezoning of three properties to nightly rentals attracted a full house to the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality’s (SPMRM) council chambers on May 25.

More than 20 residents attended the meeting, with several sitting or standing outside the packed meeting room to have their voices heard on the issue.

Three properties, located on Lookout Ridge Drive, Sunburst Drive and Sundance Drive, have applied to be rezoned under a new bylaw to allow them to operate nightly or short-term rentals.

Rob Bremner, chief administrative officer for the municipality, said the meeting went well, with many residents using the forum to ask questions about the bylaw, rather than voicing their opinion for or against.

Concerns were raised by Aki Horie, owner of the Horie Sun Lodge Inn, a bed and breakfast on Sunburst Drive, in a letter presented at the meeting.

“I didn’t expect that illegal nightly rental business would be allowed around my B&B. I expected only my property could do accommodation business around here, that (is) why I paid extra money and bought this commercial business lot,” Horie wrote.

Horie also listed concerns regarding parking and blocking of roads, trespassing, litter, unleashed dogs, and noise complaints.

The Neskonlith Indian Band also wrote a letter opposing the proposal.

The rezoning application will now go before the B.C. provincial government for approval, before returning to SPMRM for a final decision.  The process is expected to take 30 to 45 days, before coming back to the municipality for a final decision.

Bremner said he estimated there were 40 to 50 properties operating nightly or short-term rentals around Sun Peaks.

Homeowners have until the end of July to apply to have their property rezoned for nightly rentals at a discounted rate of $500. After July, the rate will increase to $1,500, and the municipality will begin the process of identifying and issuing notices to non-compliant properties.

For more information or to pick up an application package visit the municipality offices in the Kookaburra Lodge or visit the municipality website.