The Impact of Short-Term Rental Accommodations on Georgina Businesses
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Short-Term Rental Accommodations (STRA) such as those acquired via Airbnb, VRBO, Kijiji etc. are operating worldwide where residents and property owners are renting out rooms or entire units for short periods of time facilitated by online platforms. STRAs have created an informal economy that typically is not yet regulated. Like many other municipalities, these STRA’s are also operating in Georgina.
The Town does not currently regulate short term rental accommodations and is working on a long term model that would regulate the presence of the STRAs and address the neighbourhood conflict issues. Staff are conducting extensive research into the matter and public consultation will be a component of the proposed regulations.The Town of Georgina is in the final stages of a study to consider amendments to the Official Plan and Keswick, Sutton and Pefferlaw Secondary Plan policies, and to Zoning By-law 500 with regard to Short-term Renal Accommodation. A Public Meeting concerning the proposed amendments is being held on Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm in the Council Chamber.
In an effort to advocate on behalf of it's business members (particularly those who benefit directly from Tourism), the Georgina Chamber of Commerce reached out to it's members to let them know the organization would be in attendance at the April 24th meeting and encouraged other businesses to attend as well.
The Chamber also requested members fill out a brief survey on their opinion as it relates to Short-Term Rental Accommodations in Georgina. Survey results have been compiled and will be presented at the Public Meeting. They are also available at the link below.
Should you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact the Chamber office.