Short-term plan, long-term angst

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Bron­wyn Dono­van

A NEW draft plan­ning pol­icy al­low­ing short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion in the City of South Perth lacks com­mu­nity safe­guards, ac­cord­ing to res­i­dent Jackie Hair.

The City’s pol­icy will ap­ply to a range of land uses de­fined in the City’s town plan­ning scheme 6, in­clud­ing ho­tels, tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion and bed and break­fasts, and can be ap­plied to all land zones where short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion uses are iden­ti­fied as dis­cre­tionary or per­mit­ted.

Con­se­quently, landown­ers will be per­mit­ted to rent out their prop­erty as self-con­tained vis­i­tor ac­com­mo­da­tion for up to three months in any 12month pe­riod.

Mrs Hair said while she un­der­stood the City’s mo­ti­va­tion, res­i­dents af­fected by the short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion should get the op­por­tu­nity to de­cide whether they con­sented to their neigh­bour oper­at­ing short-stay ac­com­mo­da­tion on a case-by-case ba­sis

“It’s one thing to rent out a room while also in res­i­dence to mon­i­tor guests’ ac­tiv­i­ties but quite a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion when an en­tire five-bed­room house changes hands ev­ery few days with self check-in,” she said.

“Over the past few months our neigh­bour’s (house) has been a re­volv­ing door of strangers; up to 16 young males with four rental cars have oc­cu­pied the dwelling.”

As part of the draft pol­icy, ap­pli­cants of short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion will have to sub­mit a man­age­ment plan which should ad­dress oc­cu­pancy, noise abate­ment, du­ra­tion of stay, guest be­hav­iour, man­age­ment of check-in and de­par­tures, and man­age­ment of guest park­ing.

Mayor Sue Do­herty said the City could take com­pli­ance ac­tion to en­force the man­age­ment plan.

“The City is able to pur­sue le­gal ac­tion if the op­er­a­tor fails to com­ply with the di­rec­tion of the City to com­ply with a man­age­ment plan,” she said.

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