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.

The County strongly encourages respondents to read Short-term Accommodation -- A Discussion of Issues and Options before filling out the survey. The online survey is open until Monday, June 4.  Hard copies of the survey and discussion document are available by request at Shire Hall (332 Picton Main Street, Picton).

Click HERE to read the short-term accommodation discussion document 

Click HERE to complete the online survey   

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