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December 2017 Newsletter
 
 

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District is situated in the heart of Vancouver Island with one of the most dramatic and majestic landscapes. The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District is a federation consisting of member Municipalities; Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet, Treaty First Nations; Huu-ay-aht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ, Uchucklesaht Tribe Government and Toquaht Nation and six electoral areas; "A" (Bamfield), "B" (Beaufort), "C" (Long Beach), "D" (Sproat Lake), "E" (Beaver Creek) and "F" (Cherry Creek). The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District is within the traditional territory of ten First Nations.

Established in 1966, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District provides services to their member jurisdictions. As service providers, the Regional District provides three distinct roles:

  • Serves as local government to the six (unincorporated) electoral areas, responsible for providing basic local services such as community planning, water supply and fire protection
  • Serves as an inter-jurisdictional service body providing sub-regional services to different combinations of municipalities; electoral areas and First Nations
  • Responsible for providing important regional services and undertaking key activities on behalf of, the entire region.

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Board of Directors recently adopted the philosophy "we are all one".

Short Term Vacation Rentals

Nightly, weekend, and weekly short term vacation rental (STR) accommodations on residential properties are increasing. Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) staff are increasingly receiving more complaints regarding the STR of properties inconsistent with residential zoning for single family dwellings.

In September and October 2017 ACRD residents and property owners were invited and encouraged to participate in the STR public consultation process. The ACRD hosted open houses in Sproat Lake, Bamfield and Long Beach, and provided an online comment form for those who couldn't attend (more information on the public consultation process can be found here). All of the input received throughout the public consultation process has been compiled into a Short Term Vacation Rentals Consultation Summary and Recommendations Report, which was considered by the ACRD Board of Directors on November 22, 2017. At the meeting, the Board of Directors directed staff to:
  • Prepare a policy document for consideration by the Board requiring that STR applications are first considered by Temporary Use Permit (TUP);
  • Draft an amendment to the Development Procedures Bylaw to increase the application fee for a STR Temporary Use Permit from $300 to $600; and
  • Include a potential increase to bylaw enforcement resources to the 2018 budget discussions.
As directed by the ACRD Board, staff have prepared a STR TUP Policy, and an amendment to the Development Procedures and Fees Bylaw to increase the fee for a STR TUP. The policy and bylaw amendment are being considered by the ACRD Board of Directors at the December 13, 2017 Board meeting. More information is available here.