A report of the General Manager, Community Services Department was provided along with the following letters requesting to speak:
- Lloyd Beazley, dated January 26, 2020;
- Jim Bence, Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association, dated January 27, 2020;
- Jeff Jackson, dated January 27, 2020;
- Katherine Soule Blaser, January 28, 2020;
The following letters submitting comments were also provided and will be joined to the file:
- Arlene Chambers, dated January 22, 2020;
- Kerry Doole, dated January 23, 2020;
- Joshua Epp, dated January 23, 2020;
- Nathan Rotman, Airbnb Canada, dated January 27, 2020; and
- Elizabeth McCann, dated January 28, 2020.
Licensing and Permitting Manager Wilson presented the report with a PowerPoint and responded to questions of the Committee.
Lloyd Beazley provided experiences owning traditional rental and short-term properties and expressed concerns with the increase in regulations for existing short-term accommodations. He proposed existing short-term accommodations with an active period of 7 to 29 days be considered non-conforming under the current bylaw.
Jim Bence, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association addressed the Committee regarding the difficulty in monitoring and enforcement of the amount of guests and illegal situations in short-term accommodations. Jim Bence provided his speaking notes to the Commission and a copy will be joined to the file.
Jeff Jackson addressed the Commission regarding public consultation on the matter and noted discrepancy with the discretionary use permit fees. He recommended additional community engagement be undertaken for Options 1, 2 and 3. Jeff Jackson provided his speaking notes to the Commission and a copy will be joined to the file.
Katherine Soule Blaser provided experiences owning a short-term rental and spoke in support of short-term accommodations as an alternative to traditional hotel properties.
Discussion followed. The Commission expressed concerns on the following:
- The regulation and enforcement of number of guests;
- Short-term accommodations located in condo buildings and the influence a condo association would have with a decision to either accept or deny a short-term rental and how that would be communicated to the condo residents;
- Condo residents safety where a short-term rental is located;
- The impacts of short-term accommodations on the affordable housing and long-term rental market in the City; and
- Formal inspections for fire and health regulations for short-term accommodation properties.
The Commission was further informed on the following:
- The focus of the public consultation process included short-term accommodations and only provided the discretionary use application fee for an example. After the consultation, concerns were noted and Administration advised of the application fee increase;
- The proposed short-term accommodation regulations do not contain regulations for illegal activities because this type of activity is governed by another bylaw;
- The Saskatoon Police Service was consulted on this report and had no concerns;
- There would be no opportunity for grandfathering or non-confirming uses in regards to short-term accommodations;
- There will only be formal inspections for fire and health regulations in proposed short-term accommodation properties where a building permit has been initiated; and
- The City does not currently require any business to produce proof of insurance.
S. Laba excused himself from the meeting at 1:01 p.m. during discussion of the matter.
R. Mowat excused himself from the meeting at 1:11 p.m. during discussion of the matter.