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Short-term rentals have been a controversial topic since their use has increased significantly, particularly in tourist towns. Faced with this phenomenon, which creates certain neighbourhood problems with permanent residents, the Town of Sutton has also had to take into account two other considerations: on the one hand, the undeniable economic contributions of short-term rentals to local commercial and tourist activities, and on the other hand, its impact on the reduction of long-term rental housing stock.
Proposed regulatory amendments
After having carefully analyzed all the issues raised by the short-term rental, the Town of Sutton has submited to the population proposals for regulatory changes that will govern the practice throughout the territory.
A pragmatic and reasonable approach
On April 6, Council abolished the Short-Term Rental Policy that had been in effect since 2013, but no longer met the current situation. It then temporarily subjected tourist accommodation to the zoning by-law that defines the zones in which the C-507 use l’usage C-507 is permitted.
Rather than create a new by-law on short-term rentals, the Town chose to use the regulatory tools at its disposal, namely the Zoning By-law (in French only) and the Conditional Use By-law (in French only), by proposing targeted and relevant amendments. Short-term rentals of principal residences would continue to be permitted throughout the territory, while those of secondary residences would be subject to a much more restrictive framework.
In its reasoned approach, the Town has thus favoured regulatory adjustments that should reduce the nuisance caused by short-term rentals while encouraging the return to the market of long-term rental properties that are increasingly lacking.
The population called upon to give its opinion
The Town’s proposed regulatory changes will be presented to the public in a transparent manner. On September 22, presentation documents that provide an understanding of proposals entire process have been be posted on the Town’s website for the public to review. From there, a public meeting has been held on Thursday, September 29, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., to present the Town’s proposals in person and answer questions from the public. The recording of this meeting is available in the video area on this page.
The public now has then have 30 days, between October 5 and November 4, 2022, to submit their comments by mail, email, or form. Details will be announced at the public meeting.
The Urban and Land-Use Planning Department will compile these comments to integrate them into the current revision of the urban plan and regulations.
The Town of Sutton wishes, at the end of this process of analysis and concerted proposals, to offer a perennial solution to this important question of short-term rentals in Sutton.
Citizens' meeting on short-term rentals
The Town of Sutton held a public meeting on September 26, 2022, about short-term rental regulations. Approximately 60 citizens attended.
The mayor outlined the process, supported by the documents presented, and answered questions. The meeting was recorded on video and can be accessed here in the Videos area on the right of this page.
The public has until November 4, 2022, to file written comments on the proposed regulatory changes.
Citizen Comments on Short-Term Rentals Posted Online
At the September 29 public meeting on the fundamental issue of short-term leasing, the Town called on those affected or interested in the issue to provide input on the proposed changes by November 4.
No less than fifty-two people participated in this vast collection of comments, opinions, suggestions, and questions. We would like to thank our citizens for their active contribution and for the quality of their interventions,” commented Mayor Robert Benoît. Given the number of responses and the importance we attach to this subject, we wanted to take the time necessary to analyze and respond to them as part of our process of revising the urban plan.”
As this document is not immediately translated, the comments have been published in their original language and the responses are provided in the same language.
A new public meeting planned in February
As announced by the Mayor, a new public meeting will be held in February (date to be confirmed shortly). The Town wishes to present new proposals for regulatory changes that take into account the feedback received.
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22 September 2022
Presentation to the press of proposed regulatory changes
29 September 2022
Meet face-to-face with citizens to present proposals and answer questions.
4 November 2022
The public has 30 days, between October 5 and November 4, 2022, to file comments, either by mail or email at [email protected]
Report on the results of the consultation
27 January 2023
Integration in a modification of the urban plan
7 February 2023
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