As an owner who is currently very concerned about the current political landscape on the hill, I’m confused to say the least. Mayor Raine is threatening fines of $1,000/day per infraction if you are renting out in contravention of the zoning bylaws, but this is at a time when the Resort is looking to grow contingent on increasing skier visits, when there is a “critical shortage” of beds for guests? Any potential new hotels or lodging facilities are a few years out at this point so I would be very interested to see how the Mayor responds to an interview regarding these critical shortages in light of his proposed short-term rental bans. I’m still personally at a loss as to why the mayor and council of a resort town are trying to lessen potential tourist attraction and the dollars they bring to our ski hill one way or another – I mean, it is a tourist destination. Without tourism and bodies in beds there would be no resort town.
I certainly look forward to seeing where this goes! I think the mayor and his council have much to answer for on this issue.
Sun Peaks, B.C.
Editor’s Note: No “bans” are currently in place however council did place a moratorium on rezoning single residential homes to short-term rental zoning in July which remains in place while new bylaws regarding the rezoning are adopted.