Protect our families and neighbourhoods for generations. Enforce Bonfield Zoning Bylaws!

Protect our families and neighbourhoods for generations. Enforce Bonfield Zoning Bylaws!

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Paul Preston started this petition to Randy McLaren (Mayor of Bonfield) and

In Bonfield township, dwellings within our residential zone neighborhood have been purchased at inflated prices to convert them to daily rental businesses for tourists. This in effect converts the usage from residential, to non-residential or business, like a motel or 'tourist home', but without any front desk manager or any supervision for that matter, and no licensing, regulation or standards. The daily renters: have no investment in our community, pay no taxes, have no regulation or number limits, have no relationships with the neighbors nor respect for their quiet enjoyment of their property, no knowledge of local safety issues, no concern for the security and well being of the neighborhood, and have no supervision by the absent owners who destroy our neighborhoods while they live far away in their own unaffected homes and undisturbed residential neighborhoods while stuffing their pockets with the profits of these unregistered businesses, at our neighborhoods' expense.

This is all in DIRECT CONFLICT with the SPIRIT AND LETTER OF THE LAW of the Bonfield zoning bylaw to keep RESIDENTIAL zones RESIDENTIAL!

The bylaw (link and exerpt below) specifically states the limited PERMITTED USES in the residential zones. It also specifically defines "tourist accomodation" and "tourist home" and does NOT permit that use in residential zones.

Should the township choose to continue to ignore this, it will be promoting a DOMINO EFFECT where the next homes in our neighborhoods will increasingly also be purchased at inflated prices to convert them to daily rental tourist homes, as has happened elsewhere in Ontario and beyond,  turning our friendly neighborhoods into tourist strips for partyers. This will destroy the peace, tranquility and safety of our residences or cottages for our families for generations. It will ruin our tight knit rural residential neighborhoods. Forever. Its already started. And we need to stop it.

Therefore, we the undersigned, request the Mayor and Council of Bonfield township immediately enforce the zoning bylaw that does not permit the use of tourist homes daily rentals in residential zones.

Furthermore, we request the township immediately pass a bylaw to further control the harmful spread of short term rentals, with appropriate licensing of short term rentals to regulate and establish standards for such uses, that will protect the renters of these premises, as well as the residential property owners in the vicinity of these uses, as many municipalities have already done.

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Bonfield Zoning By Law

Link:  

https://bonfieldtownship.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Bonfield-Zoning-By-law-May-7-2013-w-adoption-By-law.pdf

Excerpt:

4.3 Residential, Limited Services (RLS) Zone

4.3.1 PERMITTED USES

       No person shall within any Residential, Limited Service (RLS) Zone use any lot or erect, alter or use any building or structure for any purpose except one or more of the following uses:

a) Residential Uses - cottage - dwelling, single detached, in accordance with the requirements of 4.3.2(a) - group home - home occupation - garden suite - secondary dwelling unit

b) Non-Residential Uses - community garden - office - park, public

 

2. DEFINITIONS

pg 2-19

TOURIST ESTABLISHMENT means an establishment that provides sleeping accommodation, with or without meals, including a guest-house, tourist cabins, a motel, a motor court, an auto court, a hotel and all building operating

TOURIST HOME means a dwelling unit excluding a hotel, motel or cabin, in which rooms or lodging are provided for hire or pay and being comprised of not more than four units.

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