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Report on Short-Term Accommodations (Airbnb etc) in Mississauga Identifies Regulatory Options

Yesterday, Mississauga’s Planning and Development Committee received a report (starting on page 65 in the linked PDC Agenda [15mb PDF]) from staff on short-term accommodations in the city.

“We understand the concerns about short-term accommodations in Mississauga. City staff is carefully reviewing the regulatory options available to address them,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “Staff respond to any nuisance complaints, regardless of whether or not they are the result of short-term accommodation use.”

Council directed City staff to examine short-term accommodations in Mississauga, consult with stakeholders and create new by-laws as appropriate. The staff report, Short-Term Accommodation Overview of Current Status and Regulatory Options, provides statistics, benchmarking information with other municipalities, regulatory options and enforcement challenges. The City’s Zoning By-law currently does not prohibit short-term accommodations.

The report identifies options to amend the existing Zoning By-law, including:

  • Defining short-term accommodations
  • Allowing short-term accommodations in some areas
  • Allowing short-term accommodations only in detached, semi-detached and townhouse dwellings, subject to conditions
  • Creating a municipal registry or licensing regime once the use is permitted in the Zoning By-law

The City has existing by-laws to address concerns that may be related to short-term accommodations. These include concerns about property standards, noise, garbage and parking. Under these by-laws, City staff respond to any nuisance complaints in the community as they arise.

As next steps, staff will circulate the report to stakeholders for input and comment. This will be followed by a staff report on the feedback received at a formal public meeting. Staff will then report to Council with final recommendations on short-term accommodations in Mississauga.

Have Your Say on Spending the City Budget

The online budget allocator lets residents choose their preferred spending option on selected City services.

From roads and recreation programs to fire and emergency services, City services impact people’s lives every day. Decisions about City services drive the budget. Residents can use the allocator to test different spending options and then choose one for each service area.

“The budget allocator is a great way for residents to learn more about City services and their cost, and tell us about their priorities,” says Jeff Jackson, Director of Finance and Treasurer. “It is an opportunity to share their priorities in a way that gets people involved in their City’s business planning and budgeting process.”

Mississauga’s online budget allocator for the 2017 Budget is now available at mississauga.ca/budget.

Results received from the allocator by November 4 will be shared with Budget Committee on November 28. The results will help inform the committee’s review of the 2017 proposed Business Plan and Budget. Continue reading Have Your Say on Spending the City Budget

Sign Up for eBill to View Tax Bills Online

The City of Mississauga now offers property owners the convenience of viewing their interim and final property tax bills online through eBill.

“We are pleased to provide eBill as a convenient, secure and paperless way to view property tax bills,” said Connie Mesih, Director, Revenue and Materiel Management. “eBill enables the City to serve customers better through technology while saving postage, paper and processing costs.”

Anyone registering for eBill will receive confirmation via email. When the interim and final property tax bills are issued, an email will advise that the tax bill is ready to be viewed on the City’s Tax Self-Service website, starting with the 2017 interim bill.

eBill recipients will no longer get a paper copy through regular mail.

A Tax Personal Information Number (PIN) is required in order to sign up for eBill. Anyone who does not have a Tax PIN can request one on the Tax Self-Service website.

For more information, visit <a href=”http://mississauga.ca/ebill”>mississauga.ca/ebill</a>.

Mississauga Now Making it Easier to Register Second Units

The City of Mississauga is making it easier and less costly to register second units as part of its commitment to increasing access to affordable housing. City Council today approved a new By-law that will improve the registration process for second units, also known as basement apartments, in-law suites and secondary units.

The City has repealed the current licensing process and will now require that houses containing a second unit be registered.

Registration is free of charge. Homeowners will no longer need to purchase or renew a license. Existing second unit licence holders will be automatically registered. Continue reading Mississauga Now Making it Easier to Register Second Units