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Airnbnb and other short-term rental opportunities are being restricted in the portion of Brownsburg-Chatham fronting the Ottawa River. Photo: Reid Masson

Brownsburg-Chatham limiting short-term rentals, proof of vaccination required for community hall users

Airnbnb and other short-term rental opportunities are being restricted in the portion of Brownsburg-Chatham which fronts the Ottawa River.  

On September 7, council voted to no longer permit short-term rentals in resort zones V-423, V-425, and V-427, which is every zone located along Route des Outaouais (Route 344). 

District 6 Councillor Stephen Rowland moved the resolution. 

“We don’t really want to see people renting on a week-by-week basis,” he said. 

The town is trying to regulate short-term rentals and Rowland said it is a complicated process because owners of such dwellings register them with the Québec government and not the municipality. Rowland said they are starting on the riverfront, but plan to phase in various limits on short-term rentals across the entire territory of the town. However, there will not be a complete ban. 

“No one’s really against the rentals as such—as long as people respect their neighbours.” 

St-Philippe community hall rules changed

Due to proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements in Québec, the rules have changed for users of the Salle communautaire Louis-Renaud community hall in St-Philippe. 

On September 7, Brownsburg-Chatham council voted to amend the facility rental policy, which will require any individual or organization who rents the hall to ensure people attending events provide proof of vaccination and abide by other pandemic-related measures. 

Brownsburg-Chatham council meetings are held at the community hall on the first Tuesday of each month. However, as municipal council meetings are an essential public service, citizens who attend those meetings are not required to show proof of vaccination.  

On September 7, Brownsburg-Chatham council voted to amend the facility rental policy which will require any individual or organization who rents the hall to ensure people attending events provide proof of vaccination and abide by other pandemic-related measures. 

Brownsburg-Chatham council meetings are held at the community hall on the first Tuesday of each month. However, as municipal council meetings are an essential public service, citizens who attend those meetings are not required to show proof of vaccination.  

James Morgan

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