We recently applied for a temporary use permit so we could acquire legal permission to rent out our cabin at East Barriere Lake for periods of less than 30 days.
Under our zoning (RL1), bed and breakfasts are allowed, as are long-term rentals of 30 or more days.
Short-term rentals are not permitted, but it is possible to make an adjustment to that zoning restriction through a temporary use permit.
We were encouraged by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to apply for a temporary use permit, which we did, at the cost of $1,500.
Our application was reviewed by TNRD staff, which recommended approval to the TNRD board.
Unfortunately, we encountered a strong presence of opposition at the June 13 public hearing (‘Langley couple loses in bid to rent out East Barriere Lake cabin,’ June 14).
I was the only one there in favour of my application, but there were about 20 people at the hearing who were opposed.
As a result, the board unanimously denied our application, to the surprise of TNRD staff.
We are not seeking to have disruptive relationships with others on the lake, nor with our neighbours. In fact, neighbours who rallied others to oppose our application also do not follow zoning bylaws on their property.
We accept the ruling of the TNRD elected board, but we will not stand by in silence.
In fact, we plan to apply for a temporary use permit again, when the time is right. Next time, however, we will do so with stronger support from our community.
We have now created a public Facebook Group — East Barriere Lake Short Term Rental Coalition.
It is not a place to debate whether short-term rentals should be permitted at East Barriere Lake. Rather, it is a place to gather dialogue for those who are in favour of short-term rentals.
When there is enough support, we will make a second application for a temporary use permit, with a much stronger case for consideration by the TNRD board.