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October 6, 2007

Short term vacation rental update:

Filed under: Governance and Legal,News — Jocko @ 4:23 pm

The Pender Islands Vacation Accommodations Association (PIVAA) has announced a victory in their defense of short term vacation rentals (STVR’s). A circular just issued by the PIVAA states: “In a recent Supreme Court of British Columbia decision, the North Pender Island Local Trust Committee (LTC) made up of Gary Steeves, Ken Hancock & Giselle Rudischer, lost its bid to stop property owner, Robert Conconi, from providing short term vacation rental accommodations. The Honourable Mr. Justice Hinkson dismissed the Trusts charges with “costs to the defendant”. This means that our tax dollars will be used to pay Mr. Conconi’s costs as well as the Islands Trust’s prosecution expenses”.


  1. Weekly cottage rentals are such a wonderful family tradition and essential to the Pender economy. I could see putting a stop to problem rentals on a case by case basis, but only if they are truly a problem as opposed to a vengeful neighbour filing a complaint. The Islands Trust should stick to what it’s good at, conserving island habitat, and stay out of Pender residents’ bedrooms (and living rooms, kitchens, etc)…

    Comment by vortexman — October 15, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

  2. Canadian courts do not use a gavel, at anytime.

    By you posting an erroneous graphic, you are re-enforcing an incorrect public perception. This is similar to “Urban Myths” or chain letters on the internet.

    ?Are your facts untrue as well?

    Comment by Mike McManus — December 16, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

  3. Hi Mike,
    Thanks for your information re: the gavel. I’m aware of the fact that gavels are not used in Canadian courtrooms but that instead, a Judge raises his or her voice (or stands up if necessary) to restore order in the courtroom. The graphic used was for generic visual interest only and is not intended to represent the Canadian legal system.

    Comment by Jocko — December 16, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

  4. Greed is good baby ! Pave paradise and put in a parking lot.
    I need a spot for my Hummer.

    Comment by gabbyguy — January 6, 2008 @ 3:04 pm

  5. Affordable Housing on Pender

    Did you know that there are landowners being forced by Islands Trust to shut down their secondary suite rental units?!!! You risk being identified by the Bylaw Officer if you speak out. Why is this an important issue?

    Look at the statistics – the greatest core housing need in the CRD is in the Gulf Islands – both for renters and owners. People in core need are either unable to afford suitable housing for decent living or must pay more than 30% of their gross income for such housing and have to do without other basic necessities. People who need affordable housing include children, seniors, people who work in the service industry on Pender, etc.

    Look at accountability – the Islands Trust area is excluded from the CRD Regional Strategy because the Trust “has it’s own planning policies”. Based on their results, I would say their policies are not effective.

    And what do we have? The new North Pender OCP merely has a note that a land owner may be able to rezone for affordable housing. How many landowners are going to pay the thousands for rezoning so that they can rent to lower income residents and therefore make less than the market value for their rentals? Haven’t we just seen how many homeowners have chosen short term vacation rentals becouse of the profit margin involved?

    What about allowing secondary suites? They exist on Pender and help both the owner and the renter but are currently not allowed. The Trust has not effectively explored the issue and will not do anything but hold up the apparent “preserve and protect” which includes sensitive ecosystems and property values apparently, but does not preserve and protect all people who live and work in the Trust area. Secondary suites are economical to build and maintain, and efficient to heat. Oddly enough, it seems you are allowed a small cottage on a rural property but not a secondary suite unless you pay for rezoning.
    The provincial government views secondary suites “as a significant component of the affordable rental housing stock”. The CRD “Regional Housing Affordability Strategy” (March 2007) outlined several strategies – one of which is to establish and enhance pro-affordability local government policies and regulations – like allowing secondary suites. However, the Islands Trust is not obliged to participate in any regional strategies with the CRD and other neighbouring communities, so they do not. It is time to revamp the Island Trust Act and include the Islands Trust area in planning that benefits the people who live and work in the Islands Trust area.

    Are you in need of affordable housing? Write to your MLA, Ida Chong (Minister in charge of Islands Trust), CRD….the media if you have to. If you don’t have a return address because you lack housing, use the local Islands Trust office.

    Comment by NotSoSuite — February 6, 2008 @ 1:51 am

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