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Town eyes short-term rentals

The Town of Oliver is looking at getting a handle on short-term vacation rentals in the community.

A report going before council next week says services like AirBnb and VRBO provide important tourist accommodation, but can bring along a series of challenges like cutting into long-term rental stock and changing the character of neighbourhoods.

Town staff identified 24 properties suspected of operating as vacation rentals and found over 95 per cent of them are in a zone dedicated to single-family living.

The report suggested council could outright ban vacation rentals or try to control them through a permitting process similar to Penticton’s.

Staff, however, are recommending the municipality conduct public consultation on the issue before making a decision, as the town hasn't gathered any feedback on the issue to date.

“As any change to the current regulation of vacation rentals will likely require an amendment to the Official Community Plan, the town will need to undertake ‘early and ongoing’ consultation with any ‘persons, organizations and authorities’ that council deems appropriate,” the report states.

Council will discuss the matter Monday evening.



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