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RDEK Seeks Public Input as Short Term Rental Planning Process Gets Underway

A new planning process is underway to help identify management options to address short term rentals in the rural areas of the RDEK.

“Over the past few years, we at both the Board and staff level, have experienced an increase in public concern regarding short term rental accommodations,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “As a result, one of our strategic priorities for 2021 is to undertake a planning process to formally gather public input and look at the best management options available.”

To help gather feedback on short term rental accommodations and gain a greater understanding of the use of short terms rentals in its electoral areas, the RDEK has launched a new project page and survey on engage.rdek.bc.ca/rentals.

The survey deadline is August 4, 2021.

“We strongly encourage all residents, renters and property owners in the rural, unincorporated areas of the RDEK to participate in the survey and stay engaged with this project,” adds Gay. “We recognize there are differences across our region and we would really like to see wide-ranging participation from across all six Electoral Areas.”

In addition to the public survey, the consultation process will include engagement with short term rental operators, the tourism industry, local businesses and other stakeholders over the next several months. It is anticipated that options for short term rental regulations will be compiled and presented to the RDEK Board in the spring of 2022.

Short term rentals are defined as the accommodation of paying guests in an entire single family dwelling, room(s) within a single family dwelling, secondary suite, apartment or condo for less than 30 days.

The RDEK is also encouraging rural residents and property owners to make sure they participate in a separate public survey, which closes July 23. The Housing Needs Assessment project is focused on helping the RDEK gain a greater understanding of housing challenges and demands in its rural electoral areas. To learn more, or to take the Housing Needs Assessment survey, visit engage.rdek.bc.ca/housing.