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.
Oro-Medonte Good Neighbours Alliance Inc. (Good Neighbours) granted “party status” to the appeal proceedings before the OLT.