Public meeting on short-term rentals on Sept. 24

The Sun Peaks municipal council is holding a public meeting on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Hearthstone Lodge to discuss the issue of short-term rentals in residential zones.

Short-term rentals are defined as rentals that last less than 28 days. Noise and parking issues are some of the complaints received from property owners who are opposed to the nightly rentals.

Another issue is delineating the rental chalets’ proper classification under the Sun Peaks zoning bylaw. Hotel owners feel that in order to compete equally, rental chalets must be taxed for commercial use if they’re going to operate as businesses.

The municipal council has hired the Whistler Centre for Sustainability to assist in finding a solution to these issues.

Everyone in the community is invited to give their input during the consultation process. This includes participating in surveys that will be conducted before and after the public meeting to get feedback from the community.

Information gathered will be used to make recommendations to council. It will also shape the Sun Peaks Official Community Plan and inform necessary changes to the Sun Peaks Zoning Bylaw.

For more information, phone the municipal office at 250-578-2020.

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