Un­cer­tainty con­tin­ues over STHL pol­icy

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of Short Term Hol­i­day Let­tings (STHL) on the Tweed are con­tin­u­ing to cause headaches for plan­ners at Tweed Shire Coun­cil, as it awaits the New South Wales Gov­ern­ment pol­icy on man­ag­ing the is­sue.

While tech­ni­cally any prop­erty within the Low Den­sity Res­i­den­tial R2 zone is pro­hib­ited from op­er­at­ing a STHL, many Tweed op­er­a­tors con­tinue to list their homes on web­sites like Airbnb and Stayz. The NSW Gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to re­lease its STHL pol­icy later this year, af­ter a lengthy com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process, which Tweed Coun­cil also par­tic­i­pated in. Coun­cil’s ac­tion in man­ag­ing com­plaints against STHL was thrown into the spot­light ear­lier this year fol­low­ing a press re­lease is­sued in Fe­bru­ary stat­ing it would start “a crack­down” on STHL own­ers in the shire.

The com­mu­nity un­cer­tainty led coun­cil to de­fer its de­ci­sion in April to is­sue in­fringe­ment no­tices against STHL own­ers, un­less com­plaints proved there was “an un­rea­son­able im­pact on the amenity of ad­join­ing or sur­round­ing neigh­bours”.

“We are ad­vis­ing those own­ers (in Low Den­sity Res­i­den­tial R2 zone) that they should be ceas­ing STHL use,” coun­cil’s plan­ning di­rec­tor Vince Con­nell said dur­ing the May 3 plan­ning meet­ing.

“Some have agreed to do that, some have de­cided to con­tinue.” Coun­cil re­solved at the plan­ning meet­ing to en­gage its so­lic­i­tors to as­sist of­fi­cers in man­ag­ing ap­pro­pri­ate en­force­ment ac­tions of STHL prop­er­ties fac­ing com­plaints, sim­i­lar to the STHL at 6 Bea­son Court, Ca­sua­r­ina, un­til the NSW pol­icy is re­leased.

There’s ap­prox­i­mately 2000 short-term hol­i­day let­tings in the Tweed Shire.

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