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Last week, the Ontario Municipal Board decision finally was handed down in regard to the Blue Mountain, short term accommodation by-law.   The OMB approved the Town of The Blue Mountains’ planning regulations which means that short term acommodation rental units in the municipality will be regulated to control and reduce negative impact on nearby low density residential areas.

Here is what it says on the Towns’ website:

For a number of years, Town residents have been concerned with the number of dwellings within low density residential areas that have been used by vacationers for the purposes of short term rental  accommodation. During the Board Hearing, which took place in September 2010 and January 2011, several community residents came forward as witnesses citing noise, parking, garbage, nuisance, mischief, and vandalism to property as common problems relating to short term accommodation units and their users.

David Finbow, Director of Planning and Building said, “This is a tremendous success for our community.  It was through the patience, diligence and cooperation of our residents that we were able to achieve this success.  Council will now consider the most efficient way to enforce the regulations, including a possible licensing regime. The public will be kept informed as we move through this process of regulating short term accommodation rentals.”

It is worthwhile noting too that most municipalities prohibit or restrict short term rentals in low density residential areas.

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