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Short term rental ACCOMMODATIONS on the sunshine coast

There is growing concern regarding the possible impacts of Short Term Rental Acommodations (STRAs), notably noise and reducing neighbourhood/community feel. Recently concerns have been raised in many jurisdictions that STRAs reduce the supply of affordable rental housing. However there are positive impacts such as increasing the supply of tourist accommodation and assisting property owners to earn income to offset housing costs.

There is no single source of information with respect to how many STRAs are currently active or specific data regarding the actual benefits and impacts are in our communities. With more specific information gathered, an informed conversation can take place about what next steps may be needed to support STRAs as well as address or protect from community impacts.

Community Engagement

Staff conducted a series of three public information meetings on the affordable housing and short term rental accommodation policy projects in November 2017. The Public Participation Report was considered at the February 8, 2018 Planning and Community Development Committee and is available here.

POLICY OPTIONS

At the March 8, 2018, Planning and Community Development Committee a report was considered that provided staff’s analysis of public engagement feedback and provided options for moving forward; it is available here.

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Proposed zoning bylaw amendments to implement some of the policy options were presented to the Board for First Reading on October 25, 2018. The proposed bylaws and staff report can be found here.

Information can be obtained by emailing planning.department@scrd.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding STRAs can be found here.
Staff will update the frequently asked question page as comments are received.


Background Staff reports on STRAs can be found here:

June 21, 2012 PDC Report and Board Resolution

September 27, 2012 PDC Report and Board Resolution

February 9, 2017 PCD Report Re: Short Term Vacation Rentals

May 11, 2017 PCD Report Re: Short Term Rental Engagement