Please click the red text in the table below to view a PDF copy of the documents. Various passages in these documents that are important to understanding STR problem in Oro Medonte from both a regulation and enforcement perspective have been highlighted.
|1||Nov. 15, 2017||The Township receives lawyer’s letter stating Short Term Rentals (STRs) are illegal.|
|2.||Feb. 28, 2018||Staff STR Planning Report #1 is presented to Council.|
|3.||July 18, 2018||Council passes Interim Control By-law 2018 -71 to stop new start-up STRs.|
|4.||Feb. 27, 2019||Staff STR Planning Report #2 is presented to the new Council.|
|5.||May 23, 2019|
Draft STR licensing By-law is presented by staff to Council.
· No stringent control measures are proposed;
· STRs will only be permitted where permitted by the Zoning By-law.
Apr. 25 &
May 29, 2019
Two Town Hall meetings with residents and Councillors are held.
· Residents reject licencing of STRs;
· Doubts are raised as to the legality of STRs in residential zones.
Council does not proceed with the draft STR licensing by-law.
· Council extends the Interim Control By-law for one year.
· Township website updated.
· Further draft by-laws will not be brought forward until planning amendment documents are available for public consultation.
Lakehead Lecture Session on STRs is presented to over 220 Oro-Medonte home owners. The
|9.||Nov. 27, 2019|
Independent Planner’s Opinion #1 is presented to Council on behalf of residents.
· Confirms that STR’s are illegal in residential neighbourhoods under the Township’s Zoning By-law.
|10.||Nov. 27, 2019|
Residents’ Petition is presented to Council.
· More than 1500 Residents petition Council to enforce the existing Zoning By-law and shut down disruptive STRs.
|11.||Nov. 27, 2019||Staff STR Planning Report #3 (update) is presented to Council as a Public Meeting is contemplated.|
|12.||Dec. 10, 2019|
Independent Planner makes presentation to Council on behalf of residents.
· Reconfirms that STRs are not permitted in residential zones.
· Explains that STRs are only permitted in the Village One zone at the Horseshoe Valley resort.
|13.||Jan. 14, 2020||Independent Planner’s Opinion #2 submitted to Council on behalf of residents.|
|14.||April 6, 2020||Independent Planner’s Opinion #3 submitted to Council on behalf of residents.|
Township website updated.
· Explains why night-time noise violations at STRs are difficult to prosecute.
|16.||April, May 2020|
Residents’ Associations make Joint Submission #1 to Council.
· STR’s are incompatible in residential neighbourhoods and are illegal;
· Disruptive STRs need to be shut down.
· The Township Replies on April 17, 2020
|17.||June 4, 2020|
Township releases proposed By-law 2020-073 for public comment.
· Proposed by-law clarifies the meaning of a prohibited “commercial accommodation”;
· Agrees with residents’ legal and planning opinions that STRs are illegal in residential zones under the existing Zoning By-law
|18.||June 16, 2020||Residents’ Associations make Joint Submission #2 to Council supporting the proposed clarifying By-law.|
|19.||June 25, 2020|
Independent Legal Opinion submitted to Council on behalf of residents. which confirms Independent Planner’s Opinion.
· STRs are illegal in residential zones in the Township.
· STRs are only permitted to operate as a legal use in the mixed use Village One zone.
· The Interim Control By-law cannot make an illegal STR use, legal.
|20.||June 25, 2020|
Public Meeting is held to receive comments on the proposed clarifying By-law.
· Public comments are overwhelmingly in support of Council passing the clarifying By-law.
|21.||July 15, 2020|
Council receives Staff STR Planning Report #4.
· Council passes By-law 2020-073, which clarifies the existing prohibition on ‘commercial accommodations’ in the Zoning By-law;
The Staff Planning Report and the By-law confirm and agree with the independent legal and planning opinions provided by residents.
· Under the existing Zoning By-law STRs are not permitted in residential zones and are only permitted in the Village One zone at the Horseshoe Valley resort.
|22.||July 29, 2020||Residents’ Associations make Joint Submission #3 to Council confirming that they are willing to assist with bringing enforcement actions to stop disruptive STRs as soon as possible.|
|23.||Aug. 2020||STR operators file notice of appeal of By-law 2020-073 with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).|
|24.||Aug. 12, 2020|
Township Staff and OPP Inspector report to Council on STR enforcement.
· Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer reports that officers are concerned for their safety when attending disruptive STRs after hours;
· OPP Inspector reports that the OPP does not enforce Township By-laws and that, instead of laying charges, an ‘educational’ approach is taken when attending on the scene of unruly and disruptive STRs.
|25.||Aug. 20, 2020||Independent Planning Opinion #4 is submitted to Council on behalf of residents.|
|26.||Aug. 30, 2020||Residents’ Associations make Joint Submission #4 asking that the Township begin prosecutions of disruptive STRs. Township replies on November 20, 2020.|
|27.||Oct. 14, 2020|
Municipal Law Enforcement reports to Council on STRs
· Council approves hiring of Host Compliance, a U.S. cloud-based software service, to provide data on STRs operating in the Township;
· Report confirms that STR’s in the Township have grown by 20% despite the Interim Control By-law.
|28.||Nov. 3, 2020|
Residents’ Associations make Joint Submission #5 asking whether the Township intends to amend the Zoning By-law to permit STRs to operate in residential zones as part of the Zoning By-law update announced by the Township.
· Township replies on November 20, 2020.
Township confirms that changes to the Zoning By-law to permit STRs in residential neighbourhoods are not being considered.
· This update for Residents’ Associations members is distributed.
Oro-Medonte Good Neighbours Alliance Inc. (Good Neighbours) granted “party status” to the appeal proceedings before the OLT.
This is the letter of support for OMGNAs party status by the resident associations.