The Byron Shire proposed holiday letting planning controls will be on public exhibition from Friday 13 February and the community is encouraged to make submissions.

Byron Shire Council’s Director of Planning, Development and Environment Services, Ray Darney, said the proposed holiday letting model was in direct response to public concerns surrounding the impact of unregulated holiday letting and was formulated in consultation with the community and stakeholders.

“Holiday letting has created some negative impacts, including a loss of permanent rental housing stock which therefore makes it difficult for residents to find local housing,” Mr Darney said. 

”Complaints about holiday letting have been received, with residents concerned about noise, anti-social behaviour, car parking and garbage. 

“There are also some areas where there is a loss of community due to the number of holiday letting properties in residential streets.

“Whilst the local Holiday Letting Organisation has addressed these complaints with management controls, there continues to be conflict within the community and it is appropriate to resolve the issues and future planning management.

“There are also concerns that holiday letting does not make any financial contribution to services or infrastructure in comparison with other forms of tourist accommodation such as resorts and motels.”

The proposed planning regulation is to have defined holiday letting precincts whereby property owners can apply for holiday letting approval through complying development certification.

If adopted, all approvals will pay a contribution to the council which will be calculated on the number of guests that are permitted to stay in the holiday accommodation.

The proposed development contributions will assist the council in establishing and supporting infrastructure and services that are important for tourists and the Byron Shire.

The proposed model, including precincts, certification approval process, answers to Frequently Asked Questions and brochure, will be on exhibition from Friday 13 February until Friday 20 March 2009 in Byron Shire Council administration building, Station Street, Mullumbimby between 9am and 4pm. 

Copies will also be available at the council’s Community Access Points around the Shire or on the website at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/PublicExhibition

Submissions in writing should be made to Byron Shire Council no later than 4pm Friday 20 March 2009. Inquiries should be directed to Community Planning 02 6626 7126.