Prince Edward County News countylive.ca
OCT. 8 UPDATE: The numbers almost doubled from 421 to 816 as the county updated the Short Term Accommodation (STA) online map to include all STAs currently licensed to operate.
The card now includes:
STA having obtained their license
STAs that have met all authorization criteria but must be inspected by the municipality or meet other administrative requirements
STAs authorized to operate but renewing their licenses
Prince Edward County has released an online map showing the location of all licensed short-term housing in the municipality.
The map displays the addresses and license numbers of the STAs.
“Based on feedback from STA owners and operators, the map does not include any personal information of licensees or their business names,” said Mark Kerr, the county’s communications and consultation supervisor, in a statement from hurry. “Staff have received a legal notice stating that addresses where STA companies operate, exclusively or part-time, are not considered personal information. “
The map is intended to help the public understand where STA businesses operate in their neighborhood. Using the card, people can confirm whether an ATS is allowed or not.
“The municipality anticipates that the card will reduce the number of calls the STA office receives to ask if an owner has a license,” Kerr said. “This will give staff more time to perform inspections, administer the licensing program and enforce compliance when companies operate without a license. “
Several municipalities in Ontario make public a map or list of licensed ATS. Prior to developing the map, county staff contacted the City of Huntsville and the City of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
“These two jurisdictions have indicated that there have been no reports of threats, harassment or incidents of violence against STA license holders following the publication of the map or list.”
Click here to see the map. For more information, contact Prince Edward County at 613.476.2148 ext 1023, 613.962.9108 ext 1023, or [email protected]