SLRD hosts public hearing on OCP and zoning bylaw

Also in news briefs: prepare your property for fall, officials encourage continued reporting on illegal rentals

The Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) is hosting a public hearing on Wednesday (Sept. 13) to address concerns around its proposed new Electoral Area C Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaws.

While the meeting will outline some of the concerns residents have voiced, officials ask anyone with comments, questions or concerns to contact the SLRD planning department at planning@slrd.bc.ca.

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Officials also say the Birken and D’arcy areas will see zone names changing, but “these changes are more cosmetic than substantial.”

The zoning bylaw includes clarification on short-term rentals, which officials stress have never been permitted in Area C, aside from property zoned for a bed and breakfasts and tourist commercial use.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the SLRD boardroom (1350 Aster St., Pemberton). For more visit slrd.bc.ca.

Prepare your property for fall

With fall upon us, the RMOW is encouraging homeowners to take steps to both prepare their properties for winter and make their homes safer in the event of a fire.

On Sunday (Sept. 17), the RMOW is offering a free community chipping day to chip branches, yard debris and other (non-invasive) vegetation. The program operates on a first come, first served basis and pick up has to be scheduled by contacting Fire Smart coordinator Scott Rogers at 604-966-4173.

There is also a permanent yard waste drop off bin at the new Nesters Waste Depot.

On top of that, the RMOW is also reminding homeowners that fireplaces need to be inspected annually and cleaned often. Tips for safe burning include: burn dry, well-seasoned wood, stack wood in a dry location away from the house, burn smaller, hotter fires, which burn cleaner and, when cleaning out ashes, put them in a metal bin outside on a non-combustible surface.

RMOW asks residents to continue reporting

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is asking residents to continue reporting illegal nightly rentals in their neighbourhoods.

All rentals are now required to have a business licence to market and rent temporary tourist accommodations as part of a new zoning bylaw. In order to receive a licence, the property must be in an area properly zoned for it. In total, around 8,800 accommodations — ranging from hotels to townhomes, standalone homes and B&Bs — exist in Whistler. Most residential neighbourhoods are not included in this.

The fine for marketing or renting a property is up to $1,000 a day.

To check the zoning for your property visit whistler.ca/touristaccommodation. Illegal rentals can be reported at whistler.ca/bylaw.

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