A staff report presented yesterday to City of Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee recommends amendments to the Zoning By-law to regulate short-term accommodations (STAs) in the City. The recommendations include allowing STAs in all dwelling types that are primary residences, subject to conditions.
According to the report, the proposed amendments:
- define short-term accommodation as the use of all or part of a dwelling unit, used by the owner or leaseholder as their principal residence, for temporary overnight accommodation for 28 days or less;
- define a principal residence according to the Income Tax Act;
- permit STAs in all principal residences in the City of Mississauga, in all types of residential units for 28 days or less; and
- require a minor variance or rezoning application to permit an STA in a dwelling that is not a principal residence. This will allow condominium boards, neighbours and property managers to comment on the application and City departments to evaluate the request. If a minor variance application is submitted, the Committee of Adjustment can impose conditions of approval including time limits.
“The proposed amendments to the Zoning By-law represent a balanced approach to regulating short-term accommodations in Mississauga,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “They clarify how residents can share their principal residences with others, while limiting the potential impacts on housing availability and affordability. They also provide some additional protection to buildings and neighbourhoods.”