Short Term Cottage Rentals for Commercial Purposes
September 3, 2021 Update
Subsequent to a petition (signed by 150 property owners) which was sent to the North Frontenac and Addington Highlands councils this summer, and with support from the North Frontenac Lake Association Alliance (representing 20 lake associations in NF), it is our expectation that a committee will now be established to review policies regarding short term cottage rentals.
July Petition to North Frontenac
North Frontenac Township has a growing unaddressed issue regarding the lack of supervision and control of short-term cottage rentals. This unregulated rental situation has already led to a deterioration in the quality of enjoyment for many adjacent property owners. The The North Frontenac Lake Association Alliance (NFLAA) believes remedies are past due and that this festering situation needs to be urgently addressed by both Councils.
While there is a distinction to be made between the cottage owner who rents for only short period of time vs. those who do so for commercial purposes, we feel that clear policies must be in place, and enforced to regulate this growing rental concerns.
North Frontenac Township received numerous letters from concerned cottagers prior to a special council meeting on short term rentals. Complaints included:
- Unsupervised tenants having no relationship with, or respect for, neighbours,
- Excessive noise late at night,
- Large campfires that may, or may not, be effectively tended.
- Late night fire works disturbing both neighbours and wildlife,
- Unsafe boating practices with both powered and unpowered watercraft,
- Use of foul language within a family-oriented cottage community.
In short, we see and are concerned with many of the practices that are not being adequately addressed at various unsupervised commercial cottage rentals. In contrast officials at Bon Echo Provincial Park and the OPP work diligently to control these same concerns within park boundaries.
Through our contacts at the Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations (FOCA), we know that many municipalities are being proactive on this fast-growing issue and that a variety of bylaw options are being actively explored or have been enacted. We need to learn from their research and experience.
We recognize that the North Frontenac Council recently agreed to provide information on its website dealing with the good practices for such renters. While a first step, this action by itself is completely inadequate to deal with many of our concerns. Effective regulation and enforcement is absolutely required. In addition, the township needs to establish clarity concerning the zoning designations of Rural and Commercial and manage these appropriately.
We urge Council to move on this issue by forming an Advisory Committee with an aggressive schedule to develop options and recommendations for Council’s consideration.
Following the successful MPOA barbecue and corn roast hosted by Kip and Mari Van Kempen in 2018, the MPOA has decided to have another gathering this summer. Last year, there were over 100 people there. Not bad for our first social event! It was a great opportunity to meet others from around Mazinaw at this relaxing social event.
We have received an invitation to use the same outdoor area at the Van Kempen cottage for this event on August 10th from 4:00-6:00 pm.
Last year we had a great group of volunteers. We will need volunteers again this year to peel corn, bbq, help clean up. As well, we need enough interested family members to attend. Would you please answer the quick poll below. Many thanks.
Would you kindly respond by July 20th. As well, would you kindly only have one family member per cottage respond....Thank you.
- No alcohol or water sports due to our insurance coverage
- To defray costs MPOA will charge a nominal fee of $2 per burger.
- Milligan Meats in Cloyne will supply freshly made burgers (as well, a vegetarian option will be available).
- Fresh local corn will be available for corn lovers.
- MPOA are supplying condiments
- For the pot luck, we are asking that each family bring one dish, enough to feed 5-6 people (plus a serving spoon).
- Here are other things for you to bring:
- some small bills or loonies/toonies to pay for your burger/hot dog if you want one
- your own folding chair
- last year we went 'green' and it seemed to work out well, so please bring your own cup for your drinks & a fork
- If you have not paid your membership dues for this year, please do this at Smarts Marina, Brown's Campground,
or by PayPal(instructions are on the lakemazinaw.ca website/membership tab).
Many thanks! Hope to see you there!