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Councillor - Town of Blue Mountains

STA Licensing continues to move forward

STA Licensing is still on track for implementation on July 2nd, 2014.

A public meeting was held on Monday June 23rd to receive comments on changes to the Property Standards By-Law that would determine how the maximum ‘occupancy load’ of a STA unit will be calculatedĀ and changes to the STA Licensing By-Law that would allow operators more time to apply for a license, assuming they submit a completed application on or before July 2nd, 2014.

Staff Report BL.14.17 and dated June 2, 2014 explains the proposed changes

The Blue Mountains Resort (BMR) recommends removing the ‘age demographics’ provision as it relates to persons sixteen years old and under as well as persons aged one year or older and replacing it with an occupancy standards of 2 persons per bedroom plus 2 additional occupants using a one pull-out sofa.

I, along with a number of residents of this community, supported the Town and the BMR at the O.M.B. in 2010 and 2011 and we support the BMR in making this change as it appears that the Town’s recommendation will be PROBLEMATIC for their advertising and booking guest accommodations. In addition, this will remove all the mathematical calculations, which will continuously be disputed and be difficult to enforce by both the Town and the OPP and, it will ensure that the maximum occupancy remains controlled and would not allow an operator to insert multiple pull-out sofas and bunk-beds, etc. into a STA unit to increase maximum occupancy.

Despite continuous objections by owner/operators, the Town has reassured the residents of the community that the July 2nd date is firm and will enforce it’s by-laws. Public comments will be considered at the June 30th Committee of the Whole meeting.