Coun­cil un­sure of de­tails

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

UNAU­THO­RISED short term hol­i­day let­ting in the Tweed will con­tinue to be in­ves­ti­gated by Tweed Shire Coun­cil, de­spite the new state STHL pol­icy.

Coun­cil on Thurs­day voted 4-3 to con­tinue in­ves­ti­gat­ing any com­plaints re­ceived against STHLS, as the leg­is­la­tion still states it is il­le­gal for any prop­erty within the Low Den­sity Res­i­den­tial R2 zone to op­er­ate a STHL.

“I find the State Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment just to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate in what they’ve sug­gested as STHL use,” Coun­cil­lor Chris Cherry said. “It doesn’t ad­dress the is­sues we’re find­ing on the ground in which STHL takes up our long-term res­i­dences. Those 365 nights are tak­ing up res­i­den­tial homes. (Peo­ple are) let­ting their homes be used con­stantly for STHL when we need places for peo­ple for long-term hous­ing.”

The coun­cil’s plan­ning di­rec­tor Vince Con­nell rec­om­mended coun­cil al­low of­fi­cers to con­tinue as­sess­ing any STHL com­plaints. “We’re not quite clear on the ex­act de­tails com­ing through (from the State Gov­ern­ment),” he said.

“The an­nounce­ment has not changed any cer­tain im­me­di­ate leg­is­la­tion, in­clud­ing the cur­rent plan­ning leg­is­la­tion we op­er­ate in. Coun­cil still has a re­spon­si­bil­ity... to act on le­git­i­mate com­plaints on unau­tho­rised land use.”

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