The City of West Kelowna has made some changes to its proposed guidelines for short-term rentals, necessitating a second public hearing on the matter.
Due to ongoing health restrictions, the Tuesday night (June 8 hearing) will be held digitally at 5 p.m. Residents can participate in the hearing by calling 778-797-2250 and a live stream is available at www.calendar.westkelownacity.ca.
Full details on the proposed bylaw amendments are available here. The proposed changes include the following:
- Short term accommodations allowing for principal residents to rent a portion of their principal residence for periods of less than one month;
- Operators of short term accommodations are required to be the principal resident of the property;
- Permitting short term accommodations in all zones which currently permit bed and breakfasts: Agricultural (A1), Rural (RU1-RU5), Residential (R1, R1L), and CD-1(E) Zones;
- A short term accommodation use shall only be conducted within a single detached dwelling, secondary suite or carriage house and only one dwelling per property may be used for the purpose of a short term accommodation;
- Short term accommodations are not permitted on a parcel that contains a bed and breakfast;
- Restricting the occupancy of short term accommodations to a maximum of 2 adults per bedroom; and no more than 4 bedrooms are permitted to be used for a short term accommodation;
- Requires one off-street parking space per 1-2 bedrooms or two off-street parking spaces per 3-4 bedrooms;
- No exterior indication that a short term accommodation is in operation on any parcel, except for permitted signage and required parking; and
- Not permitted without connection to a community sewer system.
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