Most people know that we have not been assigning any long-term campsites since March 2015. Other than trailer sales, long-term sites that were relinquished became short-term campsites. As we explained in the March 21, 2015 blog post, the cause was an individual who managed to convince the Landlord Tenant Board (LTB) that he was protected by the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). For the reasons explained in the blog post, this was very problematic to maintaining a naturist environment.
Emboldened by this decision, two other members decided last fall to ignore our rules and turn their campsite into a permanent residence. They filed a claim with the LTB asking for RTA protection. This time we presented a much more detailed legal argument (thanks to a very good and expensive lawyer) and WE WON! (Landlord Tenant Board File # TNT-87932-16)
That, combined with some other changes we made, means that we now feel comfortable starting a new waiting list. However, the policies and procedures have changed based on what we’ve learned.
- We will favour intensification of sites. For example, a couple will get higher priority than a single person.
- People with children will get priority since naturism is beneficial to their development and they grow up fast!
- People with a dedication to naturist values and Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park will also be favoured.
- As some people prefer unserviced campsites, there will now be separate serviced and unserviced waiting lists. Members will no longer be able to automatically switch between campsite levels.
This revised policy applies only to the waiting lists. Trailer sales will continue as before.
We realize that this revised policy will please some and disappoint others. Ideally we would have enough long-term campsites for everyone who wants one. If we can manage it, we will add more in the future. But for now, we believe that this is best for Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.
Photo: Aerial of Beckett Circle by Marc Deschênes. Airplane ride courtesy of Ron Schout.