Coun­cil fo­cus on rentals

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

A TREND of let­ting sub­ur­ban homes as hol­i­day rentals is be­com­ing more tightly reg­u­lated in the City of Wan­neroo.

The City has re­ceived sev­eral ap­pli­ca­tions to change the use of prop­er­ties in re­cent months, as it works on a short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion lo­cal law to guide the sec­tor.

Last week, the coun­cil ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion for an Alki­mos house that com­pli­ance of­fi­cers found had been used for hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing an in­spec­tion last Novem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to the June 26 coun­cil re­port, one sub­mis­sion from a nearby res­i­dent said it did not fit with the healthy com­mu­ni­ties goal of the de­vel­op­ment.

How­ever, the re­port said that was not a plan­ning con­sid­er­a­tion and the ap­pli­cant had ad­vised pre­vi­ous tenants of the Whip bird Road prop­erty in­cluded vis­it­ing rel­a­tives of lo­cal res­i­dents.

The City has ad­ver­tised pub­lic com­ment pe­ri­ods for sim­i­lar use changes for prop­er­ties in Quinns Rocks and Clark­son over the past year.

Last month, it re­opened the draft lo­cal law for pub­lic com­ment af­ter chang­ing in­for­ma­tion about where hol­i­day houses could be lo­cated.

The pro­posed law will reg­u­late small-scale, short­term ac­com­mo­da­tion for places that ac­com­mo­date up to six guests and will re­quire own­ers to reg­is­ter their hol­i­day rentals.

Own­ers also have to sub­mit man­age­ment plans and the City could take ac­tion if they do not com­ply with the terms of regis­tra­tion.

The law was ini­tially ad­ver­tised last Novem­ber but in­cor­rectly indi­cated spe­cific zones where short­term ac­com­mo­da­tion could be reg­is­tered.

The cur­rent pro­posal ex­cludes those zones, namely civic and cul­tural, gen­eral in­dus­trial, and ru­ral re­source ar­eas.

A May coun­cil re­port said the City gen­er­ally sup­ported short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­pos­als.

“The City’s tourism strat­egy iden­ti­fies that there is a cur­rent lack of tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion,” it said.

“Short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress this short­fall and to ben­e­fit the lo­cal econ­omy.

“How­ever, this must be bal­anced with ef­fec­tive con­trols so that short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion is ap­pro­pri­ately man­aged.”

The re­port said the City re­quired prop­er­ties for seven or more guests to have plan­ning ap­proval.

Visit www.wan­neroo.wa.gov.au for more in­for­ma­tion. Sub­mis­sions close on July 27.

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