Short-term Accommodations

Introduction

The County of Prince Edward is seeking the public’s input regarding short-term accommodations in the municipality. Short-term accommodation rentals can be defined as all, or part, of a dwelling unit used to provide sleeping accommodation for vacationing members of the public, but may also include persons travelling for business or work purposes. Most commonly these types of accommodation are marketed through web-based services, such as Airbnb, CanadaStays, or VRBO-style organizations. 

Background

The success of internet-based short-term accommodation rental services has opened opportunities for home owners to promote vacation stays of their premises. In combination with a constrained supply of roofed accommodations in The County, short-term accommodation rentals appear to be highly popular.

The impacts of short-term accommodation rentals on adjacent properties, neighbourhoods, and the local economy can be both positive and negative. In 2017, County Council passed a motion instructing staff to report on the impacts of the sharing economy in the accommodations sector and to recommend strategies The County could pursue to address opportunities and challenges associated with this growing sector.

Engagement Opportunities

The municipality is asking for feedback on short-term accommodations in the County of Prince Edward.

Upcoming Open Houses

Tuesday, July 17, 7-8:30 pm
Wellington and District Community Centre (111 Belleville Street, Wellington)

Wednesday, July 18, 7-8:30 pm
Prince Edward Community Centre (375 Picton Main Street, Picton)

At the open houses, staff will provide information and answer questions about the short-term accommodations review. Staff will also present the preliminary results of the recent online survey and discuss the strategies County Council could pursue to address opportunities and challenges associated with this growing sector.

Have your say: You are invited to offer your comments during the open houses. You can also send your comments in writing by Monday, July 30 to Paul Walsh, Manager of Planning, at 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0 or pwalsh@pecounty.on.ca.

The County strongly encourages respondents to read Short-term Accommodation -- A Discussion of Issues and Options

Click HERE to read the short-term accommodation discussion document 

The municipality is also reaching out directly to public agencies and members of the business sector. If you are interested in participating in those discussions, please contact Paul Walsh, Manager of Planning, at 613.476.2148 ext. 2025 or email pwalsh@pecounty.on.ca.

The County will update this page with details about additional public consultation opportunities when they become available.

Related Documents

Issue paper prepared by the Community Development Department, in collaboration with an ad hoc committee struck by the Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

Issues identification report presented to Planning Public Council on September 20, 2017.

Contact

Paul Walsh, Manager of Planning, 613.476.2148 ext. 2025 pwalsh@pecounty.on.ca