So..... licenses issued with no assurance of compliance,( I would have thought that a necessary precondition of a license) and if you are found to be not in compliance, they are working with you toward compliance,(I would have thought you would be shut down).... so understanding. Really, how weak and ineffective is that. And of course there are those who have neither license nor compliance but simply operate. This adds up to no change in how the housing stock of Tofino is being gutted....for housing purposes.
But just think of all those business license fees!
There is never enough money to be spent when you are spending other peoples money. Town is rudderlessSpeaking of rudderless. Coastguard standing by in Cox Bay today. Watching and waiting just outside the surf zone, hoping the "selfy prince" does not float out to sea. Back in the day, his old man just came and had a surf, no fanfare. Is this to be an annual visit. I want compensation for loss of enjoyment.......
A quick cross reference shows View West with 4 out of their 11 rentals not having licences, including still advertising and operating South Chesterman #30. WTF!!!TVR is (apparently) down to 15 properties they're operating, and View West- also owned by the same person as TVR, is still going? Total BS. Isn't this what we all paid double business licence fees for?
But tofino can save save us all...they forgot the 't
unrelated but....... 50-70 people? http://www.westerlynews.ca/community/where-would-all-the-workers-stay-without-pooles-land/
This year bylaw officers act like they’re on a paid beach vacationWhen you see these bylaw officers lounging around town or relaxing on a log on the beach, please let them know that you’re a Tofino TAX PAYER and that you're disgusted by their work effort
is it any wonder with about 250 legal vacation rentals, and how many illegal units, there is a rental housing crisis in Tofino. To hell with anyone wanting to rent so they may work in the community.
By now almost every single one of us are of two minds about tourism and Tourists. grateful for tourism as an economic generator; and sorely pissed off about dealing with all of these people in one way or another. that's what identity politics seems to be all about: polarization of ideas about one's identity. who one thinks they are appears to get in the way of moving forward managing the future so all of us who make up the community arent so frustrated. it's about time that the OCP is reviewed. apparently its been disregarded and subverted by tourism casino's good work at promoting tourism. the District Council appears to have helped in every way without taking anything else into account. the else is what we pay for. and so far we've given away quite a bit of our own money to a few resorts and hotels - allegedly by mi$take. tsk tsk.. someone has given away the community as well. with over 225 licensed VR's and B&B's guess what? housing - rather than a place to live - is not. its a cash cow for many many people who have no intention of ever living here or being part of the community. that's reality. that's what 225 licensed VR's and B&Bs did. how about a moratorium on licenses? or the owner has to live there to get a business license. this might free up some council time to create a new direction. like sewer, water, infrastructure, and traffic function. or housing function. business function. how tourism functions here. the academic approach to solving real problems isn't a solution. so far, that approach means that you hire somebody to study the problem even though they have no idea how to solve it. housing comes to mind. any kind of housing that isn't a cash cow. finish Gibson Street. blah blah blah
Vacation Rentals are more regulated in Ucluelet and yet there are housing issues there also.There are large acreages for sale in Tofino but few buyers as development is discouraged here.Many homeowners in Tofino say the only way they can afford their homes is by renting them out as Vacation Rentals.
The catch 22 is that those houses people wish to be able to afford and make them affordable by renting them as VRs would not have been so high priced if housing was not allowed to be a hotel business.
amen cash 22
If Ukee has housing problems, part of problem is Tofitians moving to Ukee to find housing....Tofino has lots of land, as identified in the OCP, but it is not available for rezoning and development because of councils and administrative onerous prohibitions, high mindedness, and supposed water/sewer problems. Mere decent development, will not be tolerated. Tofino has design criteria, view corridors, ammmenities and on and on....Tofino Council always demand s the best and highest standards, to the point that nothing can happen.. Meanwhile, it is obvious, council would rather have make shift illegal campgrounds scattered about the town, and illegal tourist accommodations. Council winks at flagrant abuse of it,s sacrosanct OCP, and openly permits violations of its. Zoning bylaws, that end up driving up prices in the process having used up the water/sewer capacity that could have gone to legal commercial and residential development and generated more taxes and housing for the town......
do you know how many old time 'locals' that once lived on Chesterman Beach and wishing to retire had to move away as they could not afford the $10,000+ property taxes ... only to have their properties bought up by richer & richer people ... supply & demand ... Tofino has been discovered and will only continue to get more & more expensive not because of vacation rentals - those property owners are simply trying to hold onto their properties - the ones that are sold are bought by wealthy people that would let the home sit empty when they're not there ... the taxes all accommodation providers charge include a tourism tax that goes directly into the pockets of the District to be used for tourism related ventures & upgrades ... the wheels are turning , the Prime Minister is holidaying here ... movie stars are coming here ... musicians & hockey players own here ... the onus should not be on those that can afford to be here to provide to others wishing to live here ... it should be the District ... they are sitting on a pretty valuable chunk of real estate themselves ... how about a couple of apartments instead ? or out by the community hall ? why hasn't the District adopted Whistler's zone system ? Everyone knows that Chesterman is without a doubt a tourist 'zone' ... allow VR's there and no where else ... hows that ? but no ... they say it's not fair for other area home owners ... wtf ? you can't have it both ways ... no housing or still no housing because the beach will ALWAYS be too expensive !there is so much jealousy, bias & hypocrisy in this town its unbelievable !
5:33 you are wrong. The "tourist tax" you talk about does not apply to accommodation providers with less than 4 units. I'm sure that the illegal VRs with 4 or more units are cheating us the taxpayers out of that money as well!
Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne on twitter Aug 6 - 2017"We need a new word in our daily lexicon: overtourism. It's real, let's prevent it."
with 225 + extra tourist accommodations in many places which should not have tourist accommodations i.e. residential enclaves, the decision to license and allow the shituation is exactly the reason we perceive we have too many tourists.meanwhile Mrs. Mayor, many years have gone by with no foreseeable solution to sewage treatment, traffic clog, the incredible in balance between slurping up food and drink and any other semblance of cultural activity, housing of any type whatsoever,(tiny homes! tiny homes!) and responsible tax contributions(by the illegal accommodation properties). so the responsibility to deal with this is suddenly cast upon the amorphous and mysterious 'we. does this mean its councils job to stop all of this? or does this just mean "oh goodness, the place is a mess"... someone should clean it up? it's getting to the point where the DOT needs to hire its own psychiatrist to deal with the denial problem.
643 you are leaving out a few of councils accomplishments: there is a new water tank at bars mountain to replace the old one. a remarkable job is being done by the free shuttles picking up and dropping off surfboards and surf shop customers. I just hope RMI money pays the free service instead of all of us who don't own surf shops!
Mayor Osbourne, "We" don't need a new word for "overtourism". "We" do need a new word for what council should be doing. Let's call it "leadership". I know it will seem a novel concept. My definition does not include pandering for votes on twitter, by reflecting back to people what they are saying to you. It is tougher than that. It involves actually doing something, at this point, almost anything. Mayor Osbourne you are government. You have already been elected. You wanted the job and the job is to govern. Just start with one thing to address any one of Tofino's many obvious and serious problems. Take a chance Mayor Osbourne, show some "leadership".
9:31 don't forget those cute, colourful directional signs that tell folks where Industrial way is, so they can get to the Brewery for their grog. That is an accomplishment. Isn't it.And what about the fantastic, world class parking scheme and traffic plan. Most communities would die for that, and we got it. It's just killer. It's killing us isn"t it
for the environ-mentals, yes, consuming large amounts of booze is tantamount to respecting the environment...butt not ur brain,and trucking in specialty food items for the foodies....the cute directional signs are a stroke of genius...designed by out of town pros.
ha ha ha, watch election time.... the sam egang of thieves will be elected again.
We need to admit that the DOT has done a good job managing water during these past few heavy tourist years
RE managing water....In a few years the benefits of water conservation will have dried up, like the Colorado River disappearing in the desert sand, before it gets to the Gulf of California. Soon we will be bathing in Dixie Cups, causing an environmental disaster worse than the current plastic straw mania.....Ten years have gone by since Tofino did anything to increase water supply. Longest stretch, since it began it's first water systems 65 years ago, without any increase in supply. Maybe the problem will go away on it's own in a few years, the way that those pesky parking and traffic problems we had a few years ago just up and vanished. Or the way all those affordable housing units, and available rental units, that people were clamouring for a few years ago, suddenly became unnecessary. Maybe we can conserve our way into requiring no water at all. It can all come into town in plastic bottles if needed anyway.Ya! great job on the water supply issue. It's getting harder to identify the sarcastic comments from the straight up ones. Maybe commenters could add a notation to identify the comments we should only take in jest.
Overtourism?? Let's prevent it?Is she out of her mind?Tell that to the airline companies/tourism boards/cruise ship companies so on and so on.BC saw another record year. What drew all the players on Council here is the same reason others are coming. You can't close the gates.Surely she is in jest.How do you decide who can be a tourist Mayor Osborne? You do not own Tofino. All people are allowed to come here. Tackle with simple solutions rather than creating unnecessary drama and sound bites. You are wasting valuable tax payers dollars.
@10:37 Surely she is in jest.Tofino Mayor Osborne announced on FB the free shuttle bus ridership stats for July.in the comments section Josie stated:" I'm curious what people would think if pay parking was extended to other lots or on-street in order to help extend the shuttle program into more months of the year "TOFINO WAKE UP !
we don't even have sidewalks and you're contemplating pay parking on the dirt.thats why nothing real gets done about the most pressing problems. let RMI money pay for tourist free shit...not the taxpayer.remember we've already gifted millions to resorts and illegal accoms.and how did that help the community?and since tourism casino decided to over-ride the management of tourism in favour of numbers........
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