Short-term plan, long-term angst
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.