While at least one councillor is not yet satisfied with the amended short term-rental provisions included in the latest draft of Stratford’s new comprehensive zoning bylaw, the document is now in its final stages as council prepares to consider further public feedback and make last-minute changes ahead of approval.
On Monday, councillors had their first opportunity in 10 months to openly discuss the bylaw and its new provisions during their planning and heritage committee meeting. These new provisions, which only allow short-term rentals in principal residences, came after council decided last month during a closed-door meeting to rescind a March decision to allow short-term rentals in principal and secondary residences for an annual maximum of 180 days.
“We have brought to you several updates in the past on the comprehensive zoning bylaw review. With the resolution adopted in December … I think we have the last piece of the puzzle and we can now move on to schedule a meeting where we can present the entire bylaw for you,” said Jeff Leunissen, the city’s former manager of development services who retired last year but has stayed on with the city to work on the bylaw.