Many Parksville property owners are breathing a sigh of relief after the B.C. government granted an exemption for the popular resort community just over a month before new provincial short-term rental regulations take effect.Parksville Mayor Doug O’Brien got a phone call from Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon Wednesday morning who told him the approximately 400 properties along Resort Drive — a mix of hotels, motels, multiplexes, cabins and cottages — will be exempted from the new rules.

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“It’s been a bit of a haul, but that’s OK,” said O’Brien, who has been lobbying for the properties built under municipal tourism zoning to keep operating as short-term rentals.

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